3 Men Being Screened for Firearm Offenses Following Accidental Boy Scout Shooting
Three men are being screened for firearm offenses in connection to the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy at Camp Honokāia Boy Scout Camp, near Honokaʻa last month.
According to a press release from Hawai‘i police, detectives deferred 23 firearm-related offenses to the Hawai‘i County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. One of the offenses includes criminally negligent storage of a firearm.
The offenses are against three men who were at the scene of the incident and have been identified as the registered owners of multiple firearms. In total, 18 firearms and various ammunition were recovered.
Following extensive interviews with the adults and minors present at the rifle range, detectives concluded that an unsupervised male minor picked up a loaded firearm and as he placed it back down, it discharged, shooting the victim, identified as Manuel “Manny” Carvalho.
An autopsy concluded that the victim died as a result of a single gunshot wound.
The shooting incident is believed to be accidental, and police do not suspect foul play in the 12-year-old boy’s death.
According to police, the firearm that was discharged is owned by the father of the minor who picked it up. No criminal charges have been filed against the minor.
Although police have concluded this investigation, they ask anyone who may have additional information to contact the department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311, or Detective Jeremy Kubojiri of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section, at 808-961-2378 or email him at [email protected].
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.