12-02-20 Pāpa‘ikou Attempted Murder Investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area I
Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins
Phone: (808) 961-2252
Report No.: 20-091937


Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated an attempted murder investigation after a reported shooting this afternoon, December 2, 2020, in Pāpa‘ikou.

Shortly after 1:00 p.m. today, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to the area of the Pāpa‘ikou Transfer Station on the Old Mamalahoa Highway. Police contacted two victims who reported being shot at by a male suspect who left the area in a vehicle prior to police arrival. One of the victims had multiple gunshot wounds.

A 24-year-old male was transported by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center Emergency Room with life-threatening injuries. He later underwent surgery and remains in stable condition. The other victim, a 50-year-old male, was not injured.  

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene and are continuing this investigation which is classified as an attempted first-degree murder.

Police are asking for anyone with information on this incident or who may have been in the area to contact Detective Wendall Carter at (808) 961-2383 or email him at Wendall.Carter@hawaiicounty.gov.

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