Puha Bay shooting (update) 10-06-08

Hawaii Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Captain Randall Medeiros
Phone: 961-2251
October 6, 2008
Report No. C08030151

Media Release

On Sunday (October 5) at 9:07 a.m., Hilo patrol officers responded to a report of a fight and gunshots. They found a man with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to the Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m. He was identified as Cameron Mauga of Hilo.

Not long after learning of the incident, police arrested Desmond Lewi in connection with the shooting a short distance away on Kauhane Street in Keaukaha.  The victim and suspect were acquaintances.    

Lewi was charged with second degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and two additional firearm offenses.  He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $1,000,000 bail pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court tomorrow afternoon.

An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death of the victim will be performed Tuesday morning (October 7).

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in locating David Lewi, the 30-year-old brother of the suspect, as he is believed to possess information relative to this investigation.  He is described as being approximately 5-foot-6, 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. 

Police that ask anyone with information about this case (including the whereabouts of David Lewi) call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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