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May 28, 2007 | Police seek answers in shooting

Little is known about the handyman accused of shooting the popular Latin music producer who employed him, as the suspect has refused to talk to police.

"There are a lot of questions that have come up, " said Miami police spokeswoman Martha Carbana. "The guys have been working really hard on this case, on a holiday weekend."

Latin songwriter Estéfano -- whose real name is Fabio Alonso Salgado -- suffered critical wounds late Friday after he was shot in his Venetian Islands mansion on Biscayne Bay around midnight.

Estéfano, who is expected to survive, identified the shooter as Francisco "Junior" Oliveira, who is now facing attempted murder charges. His hearing is June 16.

Oliveira, 29, lived on the seventh-floor of a large apartment building in Little Havana. On Sunday, the hallways at his building were filled with the sounds of bachata music. Neighbors described him as a man who worked every day of the week and kept to himself.

Police are still working on finding answers, Carbana said. She is not sure whether Estéfano, who divorced in 2000, was living with anyone else in his $7.59 million house. They aren't sure of the extent of Estéfano's relationship with Oliveira.

They have also been left to wonder why the handyman would want to shoot his employer, who has crafted chart-toppers for Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and Shakira.

This is what police do know: The suspect was to deliver marijuana to Estéfano's home, they say. He arrived around 11:30 p.m.

When the two went to the kitchen, Oliveira pulled out a gun and shot Estéfano in his chest. He then ordered Estéfano to lay face-down on the kitchen floor. He shot him again, in the ear.

Estéfano identified Oliveira as the shooter while being treated at the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Oliveira had been Estéfano's handyman for about five years, according to the police report.

As a musician, Estéfano has written or co-written seven No. 1 singles on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart. He has 39 top-40 Latin hits, including Estefan's Mi Tierra, Thalia's Amar Sin Ser Amada and Julio Iglesias' Agua Dulce.

As a neighbor, Estéfano was courteous and pleasant, said Adrian Capote, 30, who grew up in the house next door to Estéfano's mansion at 1215 N. Venetian Way.

When Estéfano first moved into the neighborhood of large elegant houses in 2003, Capote said, he introduced himself and handed out some of his CDs.

"He told us to let him know if his music was ever too loud, so he could turn it down, " Capote said.

"This is a nice, nice guy. I just don't understand why anyone would want to shoot him."