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Kona Man Charged in Accidental Shooting

April 2, 2015, 12:36 PM HST
* Updated April 2, 12:37 PM
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Three charges have been given to a 24-year-old Kona man after an accidental shooting while conducting illegal target practice in a forest.

According to the Hawai’i Police Department, Hamakua Police responded on Tuesday at 6:26 p.m. to a forested area off Pa’uilo Landing Road. Upon arriving on the scene officers found Sean Smith II, who reported that a 24-year-old woman was wounded as the pair was target practicing in the area. Police say the area is not a designated target practice site.

The woman was taken to North Hawai’i Community Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound to her leg.

Police arrested Smith. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock as detective from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued to investigate.

Detectives learned through their investigation that no one else was in the area at the time the gunshot that the injury occurred.


At 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Smith was charged with second-degree reckless endangering and two weapons offenses.


After posting $10,500 bail, Smith was released from police custody.

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