UPDATE: Second Man Charged in Pohoiki Shooting

Updated at 3 p.m. on Aug. 2

The Hawai`i Police Department has charged a second man, 36-year-old Tyson K. Lewi, in connection with the shooting incident on the Big Island last Sunday.

On August 2, at 1 p.m., police charged Lewi with first degree attempted murder, two counts of second degree attempted murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony and two counts of first degree criminal property damage.

Lewi remains in police custody in lieu of $550,000 bail pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court scheduled for August 3.

Updated at 5:20 p.m. on Aug. 1

The Hawai`i Police Department has charged 49-year-old Rodney E. Wilbur Sr., in connection with the shooting incident in Puna on Sunday.

At 2:45 p.m. on Monday police charged Wilbur with second degree attempted murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony, ownership (of a firearm) prohibited and permit to acquire a firearm. He remains in police custody in lieu of $275,000 bail pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court scheduled for Tuesday.

Updated at 4:19 p.m. on July 31.

The Hawai`i Police Department have arrested a second individual in connection with the ongoing investigation into Sunday’s Pohoiki shooting.

At 3 p.m. on Monday HPD arrested 36-year-old Tyson Keola Lewi. He was taken into custody without incident at the Pahoa Police Station for first degree assault.

Lewi was taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives continue this investigation.

Investigators are also interested in any video recordings taken relative to the shooting incident.

Updated at 9:33 a.m. on July 31.

The Hawai`i Police Department has arrested a 49-year-old Puna man for attempted murder in connection with a shooting incident in Puna on Sunday.

At 6:21 p.m., police responded to a report of gunshots fired at Isaac Hale Beach Park in Pohoiki, located in lower Puna.

Investigators determined that there was a confrontation between two groups of people during which multiple gunshots were fired, injuring three Puna men. The three were transported by medics to the Hilo Medical Center. One victim, a 35- year-old man from Pāhoa, was later taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition. The two other victims, a 25-year-old and a 27- year-old, both men of Mt. View, remain in stable condition.

Witnesses identified Rodney Wilbur Sr., of Mt. View, as the shooter responsible for the 35-year-old victim’s injuries. Wilbur was arrested a short time later after leaving the scene. He is being held at the Hilo cellblock while investigators with the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any other information about it is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Scott Amaral of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2384 or Scott.Amaral@hawaiicounty.gov.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or s ubscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Updated at 10:26 p.m on July 30.

The Hawai`i Police Department reports that the intersection of Route 132 and Pohoiki Road has been reopened.

Original story posted at 8:45 p.m. on July 30.

The intersection of Route 132 and Pohoiki Road is currently closed, near Lava Tree State Park, according to the Hawai`i Police Department. Route 132 remains open past the intersection.

Route 132 is open and Pohoiki Road beyond intersection open

Sunday evening’s closure follows an apparent shooting in the Pohoiki Boat Ramp area. The alleged incident has not been confirmed by HPD.

Social media erupted just after 7 p.m., noting that the incident caused multiple injuries, including possible gunshot wounds. These reports are unconfirmed by officials.

KITV Island News reports that three people suffered possible gunshot wounds.

Hilo Medical Center was in lockdown mode earlier this evening. It is unconfirmed whether or not HMC remains under lockdown status currently, however the incidents appear to be related.

A source who was at the hospital tells BIGISLANDWatch that she was exiting the hospital in an unrelated incident and was told by hospital staff that she had to be escorted out due to the lockdown. The same source reports a gathering of individuals in the hospital’s emergency room lobby and a large police presence.

BIGISLANDWatch has reached out to local authorities and hospital officials, but has not been able to verify any of the reports.

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