East Hawaii News

Suspect Sought in Puna Shooting Incident

October 8, 2019, 10:25 AM HST
* Updated October 8, 12:36 PM
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Kamanaokaaina Nakooka

A 31-year-old Puna man is wanted for questioning in connection with a shooting on Monday evening at a Hawaiian Paradise Park residence that left one man injured.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:33 p.m. Hawai‘i County Police responded to a report of gunshots and a male screaming at a residence on 15th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park in Keaʻau.

The 41-year-old victim was transported by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He remains in stable condition.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene to further investigate the incident, which is classified as a first-degree terroristic threatening and first-degree assault.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Kamanaokaaina “Mana” Nakooka, who is described as part Hawaiian, 5-feet-11 inches, weighing 260 pounds, heavy build, with black hair, and brown eyes.

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Police caution the public from approaching Nakooka, as he is considered armed and dangerous. If seen, police ask the public to call 808-935-3311 to report his location.

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Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Todd Pataray at 808-961-2382 or email [email protected] or to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 808-935-3311.

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