EPD investigating why man shot woman in face

Developing: Suspect taken into custody, victim identified in attempted murder shooting
(Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office)
(Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office)
Attempted murder scene on Sunday afternoon. (Source: WFIE)
Attempted murder scene on Sunday afternoon. (Source: WFIE)

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Evansville Police are trying to figure out why a man shot a woman in the face over the weekend.

Gerald Duane Lewis is accused of shooting 55-year-old Crystal Raquel Cash at 715 N. First Avenue on Sunday, July 10. He was arrested the following day.

According to the arrest affidavit, Cash told investigators she met Lewis on the street and it was a "completely random encounter." She said that Lewis was very nice at first, and then turned into a monster after he used the restroom in her office.

The affidavit states Lewis came out of the restroom and shot Cash as she tried to flee.

Police said Cash was unable to speak at the hospital, so she wrote down a description of her attacker. She also told police that he used a homophobic slur when he shot her and took several of her personal items.

Cash gave investigators a detailed description of the man including an Israeli-Christian shirt he was wearing. Officers were able to match the man's description to Lewis' Facebook account, which suggested he was still in the area where the shooting happened.

When officers searched the area, they found Lewis with a gun inside his backpack.

He was taken to jail and charged with attempted murder, robbery, and possession of gun without a permit.

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