EXCLUSIVE: Brother of woman shot Sunday says he wants to set the record straight about what happened

Published: Jul. 14, 2016 at 11:44 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2016 at 11:53 PM CDT
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Crystal Cash (Source: Family Photo)
Crystal Cash (Source: Family Photo)
Crystal Cash (Source: Family photo)
Crystal Cash (Source: Family photo)
Gerald Lewis (Source: Vanderburgh County Jail)
Gerald Lewis (Source: Vanderburgh County Jail)

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The woman shot in the head Sunday afternoon at her Evansville business is still in the hospital with a broken jaw.

55-year-old Crystal Cash can't speak, but has been writing notes in the hospital to family members.

Her brother sat down in an exclusive interview with Brandon Bartlett to share what Crystal says happened Sunday afternoon, despite what some have been posting on social media.

Johnny Dickens said it's painful to see his sister in the shape she's in.

He recently visited her at the hospital where she's recovering from being shot in the face.

Dickens said Crystal is a transgender woman who has identified as female her entire life.

He said Crystal does have a criminal past, but he said her past has nothing to do with Sunday's shooting.

He said Crystal did not know Gerald Lewis, the man accused of shooting her and he doesn't know how Lewis found out that Crystal is transgender.

Dickens believes that Crystal was targeted and that the shooting should be classified as a hate crime.

Dickens said Lewis went into Crystal's cosmetics business after seeing either her website or an ad she posted on the website, backpage.com.

He said Crystal told him that Lewis entered her business and asked to use the bathroom.

When Lewis came out, Dickens said, Lewis rushed up to Crystal with a gun.

When Crystal pushed him away, he said Lewis shot her and yelled a homophobic slur.

Dickens said Crystal is licensed and certified to apply permanent makeup.

He said rumors of his sister running a massage parlor are completely false and are victimizing his sister even more.

"I just want to set the record straight and tell the world that my sister has come a long way from where she's come," said Dickens.  "She has made something of herself. She's a professional business owner and she is not some sort of a prostitute that's luring people into her office."

Dickens went on to say that Crystal has been in a relationship with the same person for over 20 years.

He's not sure how much longer she'll have to stay in the hospital.

He said she'll have to have more surgeries to correct her jaw before he hopes she's able to return to a normal life.

Dickens said that hate crime groups, who have been helping families of the Orlando shooting victims, have reached out to him offering their support.

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