Police investigate morning shooting in Hilo

Police on Hawaii Island are searching for witnesses and a suspect who shot a man early Sunday morning.

Several shots were fired at a popular surf spot on the north side of Hilo bay, leaving a man in critical condition.

The shooting is being classified as a second-degree attempted murder.

The location where it happened, Honolii Beach Park, is closed to the public from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., but around 4:15 Sunday morning, the park was a crime scene.

The sound of gunshots, and a car peeling out of the area, woke several families in the neighborhood.

“First thing, I got my two little girls, locked up the house,” said Ty DeSilva. “By the time we called the cops, they said somebody had already called about it.”

Rick Damerville said “my wife’s hearing, which is better than mine, just picked up what she said, someone saying either ‘go!’ or ‘no!'”

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Police closed off Kahoa Road as detectives investigated. They found an empty 4-door Nissan Sentra with what appears to be gunshot holes in the driver-side passenger door.

While no weapons were found, Detective Gregory Esteban said “we have reason to believe more than a firearm was used.”

At around the same time, police say a 31-year-old Kona man was driven to Hilo Medical Center in a private vehicle and checked in with gunshot wounds.

“As far as individuals who may have been in area at the time of shooting, we want them to contact police to interview them as potential witnesses,” Esteban said.

The Kona victim underwent surgery at Hilo Medical Center, but was then flown to an Oahu hospital in critical condition.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2383 or clarence.davies@hawaiicounty.gov or Detective Todd Pataray at 961-2382 or todd.pataray@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribed to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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