Ocean View man arrested for attempted murder 07-09-12

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area II
Lieutenant Gerald Wike
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266
Report No. C12018073

Media Release

Big Island police have arrested a 61-year-old Kaʻū man in connection with a shooting Sunday afternoon (July 8) in Ocean View.

John O’Leary of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates is being held at the Kona police cellblock on suspicion of attempted murder and two firearm offenses.

Kona patrol officers responded to the 92-8000 block of Reef Parkway in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates after dispatchers received a 3:25 p.m. call Sunday reporting a gunshot. When they arrived, O’Leary was waiting for them in the roadway.

Police learned that the victim, a 66-year-old Ocean View man, had already been taken by ambulance to Kona Community Hospital.

Investigation revealed that the victim and suspect had been longtime acquaintances. The victim had gone to O’Leary’s house, where O’Leary reportedly fired several shots. One of the bullets hit the victim in his right upper thigh.

The victim struggled with O’Leary and took away his firearm. O’Leary than reportedly grabbed a bat and used it to hit the victim on the elbow. The victim drove away in his car with the gun, went home and called 911. He was taken to the Kona hospital, where he was treated and later released.

Police recovered the weapon, identified as a .22 caliber revolver.

O’Leary remains in police custody while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation. Police have not determined a motive for the shooting.


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