Victim Escapes Injury in Shooting Attempt 04-22-01

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
HILO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SECTION
LIEUTENANT DEREK D. PACHECO
PHONE: 961-2252
APRIL 22, 2001
G-65129MEDIA RELEASE

A 19-year-old Pepeekeo man escaped injury Sunday after he was shot at twice near the Yoshizawa Store in Pepeekeo, South Hilo.

Responding to a 3:17 p.m. call, police learned that the victim was shot at by a lone male gunman driving a dark-colored late 1980s model Honda sedan. The victim said the gunman apparently was laying in wait for him near the intersection of Kulaimano Road and Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19).

The victim said the gunman shot at him twice, then fled in the car toward Hilo.

The victim, who was not injured, described the assailant as a local male from 45 years old to his mid-50s.

Hilo Criminal Investigation Section detectives are continuing an investigation into the case, which has been classified as an attempted murder.

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