Abbey Road owner describes being shot point blank

Tim Gwinell recovers in his hospital bed.
Tim Gwinell recovers in his hospital bed.
Jack Abrams sits in jail arrested for attempted murder.
Jack Abrams sits in jail arrested for attempted murder.

By John Bachman - bio | email
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - The owner of Abbey Road Grill in Palm Beach Gardens is recovering in the hospital after being shot at point blank range. One of those bullets hit him in the face.

Tim Gwinell spent almost two weeks in a medically induced coma, so he could recover. He's now doing much better and is finally able to speak after a gun shot ripped through his face.

"I don't know how much of it was real, and how much of it is a recaptured memory," said Gwinell. "I remember a very bright flash of light."

That light was the muzzle flash from the gun that left three holes in the popular restaurant owner. One of the hollow point bullets shattered his lower leg; one hit his upper thigh, just centimeters from a main artery; and because he turned his head at the last moment, the third entered his mouth and exited his cheek.

He is now recovering in a local hospital bed.

North Palm Beach Police arrested Jack Michael Abrams shortly after the shooting. He was working as the maintenance man at the community where the shooting happened. He's charged with attempted murder.

"What I had just seen, I couldn't believe it," said Tim's girlfriend, Chris Morse. She witnessed the shooting. She says an argument started while she was doing laundry at her condo building. She says Abrams started yelling at her because she had left the door to the laundry room propped open.

That's when, she says, Tim stuck his head out the sliding glass window of their condo to see what was going on. Before he could even say a word, she says, Abrams pulled out a gun. "I heard three shots, and he walked back out. Jack walked back out, and, I said, 'What are you doing?' He just looked at me with no expression."

She then called 911. Tim credits the police and paramedics with saving his life. He says this attack has changed him forever. "But here I am -- maybe the power of prayer is something that works on a communal basis. I don't know, John [Bachman], but I shouldn't be here, and I am."

Gwinell says what has him worried at this point is he can't think of any motive for the attack.

Meanwhile, Abrams sits in the Palm Beach County Jail awaiting trial for attempted murder while the investigation continues.