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Police Arrest Hilo Man in Double Murder

February 12, 2013, 10:00 AM HST
* Updated February 12, 10:01 AM
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Police have arrested a 34-year-Hilo man in connection with a double murder in Hilo late Monday night.

Officers responding to reports at about 11:20 p.m. of several gunshots in the 600 block of Leilani Street found two victims with gunshot wounds.

The victims, both female, were taken to Hilo Medical Center where they were pronounced dead.

Their identities have not been released pending notification of next of kin.

Sean Ivan Masa Matsumoto was taken into custody at the scene on suspicion of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.


Two children at the residence at the time of the shooting were uninjured. They are under the care of family members.


Police are asking the public to avoid the area as there are road closures between Hinano and Manono streets while police conduct their investigation.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Det. Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or via email at [email protected], or Det. Joel Field at 961-2381 or [email protected].

Anonymous tipsters may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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