LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A teenager is paralyzed from the waist down after police say a friend shot him in the chest. The incident happened on New Years Eve, but the accused shooter just turned himself in. Party-goers waited hours that night before getting the victim help.
A New Years Eve party forever changed Evan Vernadakis' life. Verndakis was partying with friends in Cape Coral. Police say, as they were drinking, someone took out a gun as a show and tell. The gun fired, a bullet hit Vernadakis in the chest, and clipped his lung and spinal cord.
Today he's paralyzed. Police say Michael Korf pulled the trigger. "To hear it was a friend, you're just like, how can a friend do that to another friend?" said Dawn Louchart, who knows the Vernadakis family.
Police say the party-goers didn't take the injured 18-year old to the hospital right away, but instead, placed him on a couch. And later that night, moved him into a bathtub.
Cape Coral police tell us the party-goers finally decided to take the victim to Cape Coral Hospital where he was rushed inside using a wheelchair. The hospital has a very strict policy of reporting gunshot victims to police.
According to a report, Vernadakis was unable to tell detectives when or where he was shot. During the next few months, police worked to gather evidence. Finally, Korf turned himself in.
"Just to be playing with a gun? It's not safe, something like that could of happened, and he could have been easily been killed because of it," said Cheyenne Louchart.
Police say the party-goers didn't take the teen to the hospital right away, because they were afraid of getting in trouble. Korf is now facing many charges, including use of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.