Suspect wanted in Puna shooting incident

  • Kamanaokaaina “Mana” Nakooka

KAILUA-KONA — Big Island police are searching for a 31-year-old Puna man wanted for questioning in connection with a reported shooting Monday evening in Puna.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Hawaii Police Department officers responded to a report of gunshots and a man screaming at a residence on 15th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

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

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

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Kamanaokaaina “Mana” Nakooka, who is described as being part Hawaiian, standing 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighing 260 pounds with a heavy build, according to police. He has black hair and brown eyes.

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Police caution the public from approaching Nakooka, as he is considered armed and dangerous and instead are asked to call police at (808) 935-3311 to report his location.

Anyone who may have information about the incident should contact Detective Todd Pataray at (808) 961-2382 or email todd.pataray@hawaiicounty.gov or to call the department’s nonemergency line at (808) 935-3311.

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