Calgary man shot in Barbados thanks supporters from his hospital bed

A Calgary man, shot while vacationing in Barbados, is speaking to Global News, thanking people back home for their incredible show of love.

“Thanks for the outpouring of support,” Ken Elliott said from his hospital bed in Florida on Tuesday. “It’s wonderful.”

The 65-year-old former City of Calgary employee was shot while vacationing in Ealing Park with extended family.

The family said two armed men stormed into their vacation rental home on Saturday.

“Just happened really quick,” Elliott’s wife Linda Booth said. “We’d been playing scrabble and having a great time.”

Booth said her sister-in-law stepped outside and was quickly approached by two masked men.

“She yelled that he had a gun. She was unable to shut the door before they pounced on her,” Booth said.

Video released by the Royal Barbados Police Force shows that after a short fight, Elliot was shot. The bullet is still in his body and he remains partially paralyzed.

“It’s between his third and fourth vertebrae,” Booth said. “I saw the X-ray and it’s like sideways across… in the spine and the spinal cord is completely severed.”

Elliott is scheduled for surgery on his lungs to remove a large blood clot.

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