HPD Charges Man in Lower Puna Shooting

The Hawai`i Police Department has charged a Pāhoa man in connection with Tuesday afternoon’s shooting incident in the lower Puna area.

At 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, police charged 61-year-old John Hubbard, of Puna, with two counts of first-degree reckless endangering, five counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, one count of first-degree robbery, ownership (of a firearm), prohibited, place to keep-pistol, failure to register a firearm, failure to obtain a gun permit and use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony.

Hubbard remains in police custody in lieu of $222,000 bail, pending his initial appearance scheduled for Thursday afternoon in South Hilo District Court.

At 12:21 p.m., police reportedly responded to a report of gunshots fired near the intersection of Kahukai and Makamae Streets in the Leilani Estates Subdivision.

The victim, a 32-year-old man from Leilani Estates told police that he and several acquaintances were surveying the area of his former residence that had since been taken by lava when they were approached by a man in a pickup truck.

The suspect allegedly assaulted, then pointed a firearm at the victim and his group, demanding that they immediately leave the area.

During the argument, the suspect fired several shots from a handgun. No one was injured by gunfire and the victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries stemming from the assault.

Hubbard was arrested near the scene without incident.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Kayne Kelii of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2378 or Kayne.Kelii@hawaiicounty.gov.

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