Attempted murder suspect released pending investigation

Hawaii Island police have released a Puna man, pending further investigation in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on Sunday.

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Hawaii Island police have released a Puna man, pending further investigation in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on Sunday.

On Sunday, officers responded to a North Road residence in Mountain View for a report of a man who had been shot. The 24-year-old victim, who lives at the residence, was found in the yard with a gunshot wound to his head. A firearm was recovered at the scene. The victim was transported by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center and later flown to Oahu in critical condition.

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At 2:45 p.m., 28-year-old Mahdi Hemmat, who also resides at that address, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation that has been classified as a second-degree attempted murder.

Anyone who may have any other information about this incident it is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or detective Grant Todd of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2381 or Grant.Todd@hawaiicounty.gov.