HPD Ask for Help in North Kohala Attempted Murder Case
Hawaiʻi police officers responded to the area of Wainaia Gulch near the 24-mile marker on Route 270 in the North Kohala District on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, after receiving a report about a person who appeared to be in distress.
Upon locating and approaching the 37-year-old male, officers heard a single gunshot coming from an unknown location, which struck the man.
Officers transported the victim out of the area to the nearest medical facility. He is reported to be in serious condition. Preliminary investigation has shown that the victim was shot twice.
Akoni Pule Highway was temporarily closed while investigators processed the crime scene and conducted their investigation. A neighboring school was put into lockdown as a safety precaution while officers searched the area for the shooter. The road and the school have since reopened.
As of now, March 27 at 4:27 p.m., police believe this incident is not related to a police search for 41-year-old Walter Gomes III, contrary to information in social media posts.
Police ask those who may have witnessed the incident or who may have information to contact Lt. Roylen Valera at (808) 326-4646, ext. 230, or via email at [email protected]