Ainaloa Shooting, Structure Fire Under Investigation

A shooting incident and structure fire at a Puna residence Tuesday evening is under investigation.

At 7:03 p.m., the Hawai`i Police Department Hawai`i County Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire on Rainbow Drive in the Ainaloa Subdivision.

The resident, a 35-year-old man, told police that when he returned home, an unidentified intruder inside the house shot at him before the suspect fled on foot. Shortly thereafter, the victim heard an explosion on the outside of the house that set the structure on fire.

Fire department personnel extinguished the flames and determined that there were no casualties inside.

No one was home at the time of the incident and Red Cross volunteers were at the scene to provide assistance. The male victim was not injured, according to HPD.

The cause of the fire and events leading up to this incident remain under investigation. Damage estimates to the house and its contents are also pending.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing the investigation that has been classified as an attempted murder.

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 Tuckloy Aurello of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2385 or Tuckloy.Aurello@hawaiicounty.gov.

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