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03/04/05

Language Barrier a Factor in Shooting Investigation

Police are looking for this man, Manuel Hernandez. Police are looking for this man, Manuel Hernandez.

Police are still looking for answers in an overnight shooting that left a Garden City women in a coma. Last night, Jacenya Chicas was shot in the chest, and now investigators are trying to figure out her connection to the shooter.

Garden City police say a language barrier has made getting to the bottom of the case very difficult. The only thing that seems certain at this point is that someone shot the 28-year-old square in the chest, leaving her lying in the front of the home she shares with her sister.

With the help of a translator, Jacenya's sister Evelyn told us what she says is the story of a man's lust gone too far which caught her sister in the crossfire, all because of Evelyn.

Evelyn says the suspect, Manual Hernandez was her friend, but he wanted more from her. She says Hernandez came to her home last night smashed the windows of her car, slashed her tires and threatened her family.

"He was asking to be with [Evelyn], she refused because she was married," the translator said.

But Garden City police say they got a different story, that Jacenya was the intended target, not Evelyn.

"It was a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship that it had been broken off," said Chief David Lyons. "He didn't want to let go, so he came by and shot the victim."

With two or more versions of what happened, what is the real story? "It's a very confusing story when you add the language problem in the mix," said Chief Lyons.

Police believe Manuel Hernandez shot Jacenya from his car window last night and sped away, leaving her in a coma and Evelyn with nothing but guilt. "I want to be in her place," Evelyn said.

Hernandez was driving a white or cream-colored 2001 Pontiac Sunfire. if you see him or have any information on this case, call CrimeStoppers at 234.2020.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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