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12-29-15 Police investigating gunshots fired in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Phone: 961-2252
Report No. C15037516


Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an early morning shooting Tuesday (December 29) in the upper Kaumana Drive area of Hilo.

Shortly after midnight, police received a 911 call from a 23-year-old Keaʻau man who was a passenger in a late-model black Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. He reported that their vehicle was being shot at by occupants of a late-model white four-door sedan as they were driving eastbound on Kaumana Drive. The truck was driven by a 38-year-old Keaʻau man and also occupied by another passenger, a 59-year-old Keaʻau man.

Responding officers observed a white four-door sedan traveling east on the Puainako Avenue extension and attempted to stop it. The sedan failed to stop and South Hilo patrol officers began to pursue it. The car was last seen traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Route 11. As a result of the hazardous conditions, officers terminated the pursuit. Police have initiated a resisting an order to stop case as a result.

Police conducted neighborhood checks at the homes along upper Kaumana Drive and discovered that a house in the Gentry Homes subdivision had been struck by what appears to be an errant bullet. Although several occupants were in the house, no one was injured. That incident is being classified as a first-degree reckless endangering case. Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section and evidence specialists responded to the house and recovered a bullet.

The truck sustained damages from the gunshots and was eventually disabled. Detectives have recovered the truck for evidence processing. None of the truck’s occupants sustained any injuries in this incident, which is being classified as a first-degree attempted murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder.

An all-points bulletin has been issued for a white 1995 Toyota Avalon sedan with license plate HWM 818. The car and its occupants are being sought for questioning in connection with this series of investigations. Police  caution the public not to approach the vehicle but, instead, to call police to report its location.

Police received a number of calls reporting gunfire or what may have been thought to be fireworks in the upper Kaumana Drive area and are seeking any witnesses to these events.

Anyone with information is asked to contact either Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or dean.uyetake@hawaiicounty.gov or Detective Sandor Finkey at 961-2384 or sandor.finkey@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribed to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.