BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) -- A Baldwin County woman who deputies say was shot by her nephew during a robbery remains in the hospital.

Family members say Leigh Ann Thomas underwent a lengthy surgery on Monday to remove bullet fragments and will have another surgery on Wednesday.

Baldwin County deputies arrested 18-year-old Preston Northan after the shooting. According to the family, Northan was taken in by the Thomas family and had lived in their home up until recently.

The victim's sister says the crime has left the family torn and looking for answers.

Kimberly Jones said, "They took Preston in to help him, to show him what a family looks like, to show him love and to help put him on the right path and this is how he's repaid them?"

"There has to have been some kind of a grudge because why else would he have done this? He says he came to the house to steal a gun, but if that were the case, why not steal it the day before when they were all gone? The whole family was gone," she added.

Jones says her sister didn't learn who the suspect was until investigators told her in the hospital and it devastated her. During the robbery, deputies say Northan opened fire on Thomas, shooting her eight times while she was sleeping in bed.

Family members say Thomas's three-year-old son was in bed with her at the time and her 14-year-old daughter was upstairs. After hearing the shots, her daughter found her mother and called 911.

Baldwin County deputies arrested Preston Northan a short time later. Northan has been charged with robbery 1st, reckless endangerment and assault. Jones says that's not enough.

"One of the bullets was lodged in my sister's headboard, right above where she laid her head. That was attempted murder in my opinion."

Deputies say Northan confessed to the crime. He's being held on no bond right now, but is expected to have his first court appearance Wednesday.

The Thomas family has set up a Go Fund Me account to help with medical expenses and living expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/f/medical-and-living-expenses-for-shooting-victim

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