Puna man arrested in connection to shooting

  • KAMANAOKAAINA NAKOOKA

KAILUA-KONA — Big Island police have arrested a 31-year-old Puna man 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 hospitalized in stable condition, police said Wednesday.

Kamanaokaaina “Mana” Nakooka, who was wanted for questioning in connection with the case, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a vacant lot on 18th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

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

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