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Illegal immigrant paralyzed in Arivaca shooting looks to uncertain future

An illegal immigrant who was shot outside a home near Arivaca on July 31 said he knew immediately that he was paralyzed, and that today he's trying to figure out how to provide for his family going forward.

The story Jose Hernandez, 33, recounted to the Green Valley News on Monday mirrors that found in a Pima County Sheriff's report released in early October.

The man who shot him, 71-year-old Michael Goodwin, was indicted Aug. 14 on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Goodwin's defense attorney declined to allow his client to speak to a reporter.

Hernandez, who is from the Mexican state of Morelos, south of Mexico City, spent nearly two weeks in a Tucson hospital after the shooting.

A sister came from the Atlanta area and drove Hernandez 39 hours back to Georgia in a car. He said he spent another week in an Atlanta hospital after he arrived.

"My stomach isn't working anymore, I can't walk, I wear a diaper," Hernandez said. "This is going to be permanent. I can't do anything."

Read more of this story at SahuaritaSun.com.

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Michael Goodwin is accused of shooting Jose Hernandez on July 31 outside his home.