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UPDATE: Police Identify Victim in Nanawale Estates Shooting

May 21, 2013, 8:45 AM HST (Updated May 21, 2013, 4:08 PM)
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***Updated at 4:12 p.m.***

Police have identified the victim of Monday’s shooting as 40-year-old Mateo D. Balinbin Jr. of Nanawale Estates.

An autopsy scheduled for today was rescheduled for Wednesday.

Seon Keoni Aki, 43, of Nanawale Estates, who was arrested Monday on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting, remained today at the Hilo cellblock without charges.

Posted at 8:45 a.m.:

A Puna man was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of murder following a fatal shooting in Nanawale Estates.

Police responding at 2:19 p.m. to a home on Maui Street in the subdivision found the body of a man inside.

Police said the shooting occurred on Maui Road in the Nanawale Estates subdivision. Modified Google Maps image.

Police said the shooting occurred on Maui Road in the Nanawale Estates subdivision. Modified Google Maps image.

Detectives were told that another man was seen leaving the home in a dark-colored pickup truck and issued an all-points bulletin for both the truck and its driver.

After receiving a tip, at 4:41 p.m. police arrested Seon Keoni Aki at a home in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

The 43-year-old Nanawale Estates man was being held at the Hilo cellblock.

The name of the victim has been withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

An autopsy has been scheduled for today to determine the exact cause of death.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

Police are asking anyone with information on the case to contact Det. Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us, or Det. Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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