|Published:||May 01, 2013 10:31 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 01, 2013 11:40 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, FL--For the first time we're hearing from a father, after his son was shot in the chest leaving him paralyzed.
That's not all, the accused gunman waited hours before getting his friend to the ER.
The shooting happened on New Year's Eve and just yesterday he turned himself in to Cape Coral Police.
It was a New Year's Eve like none other for Jason Vernadakis' 19 year old son, Evan.
Evan went to his friends house for a party and police say that's where Evan was accidentally shot in the chest.
"It wasn't until two days later until we found out," said Vernadakis.
Police say people at the party were drinking and someone took out a gun to show off. Evan's best friend, 20 year old Michael Korf, was the accused trigger man.
"This kid was so close to our sons that he would walk in and out of our house freely," said Vernadakis.
The bullet clipped Evan's lung and spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
"He has no feeling other than pain in his lower extremities," said Vernadakis.
A devastating injury that only got worse for nearly 16 hours. Police say Korf and his friends placed Evan on a couch and later in a bath tub with the bullet still inside and too scared to get help.
"When they finally brought my son to the emergency room, they threw him in a wheel chair and left him in the parking lot," said Vernadakis.
Evan's father says even though Korf turned himself in to police, it's not enough.
"This isn't just evan's accident anymore, it has affected every aspect of our family," said Vernadakis
Perhaps the hardest thing for Vernadakis is feeling so helpless.
"Watching my son struggle with the easiest things," he said.
Korf was released from jail on bond and faces a handful of charges including use of a firearm under the influence of alcohol.
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