Puna Shooting Suspect Sought

The Hawai`i Police Department is searching for a 31-year-old Puna man wanted for questioning in connection with an early evening shooting Monday night at a residence in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

On Monday evening, at approximately 5:33 p.m., Puna patrol officers responded to a report of gunshots and a male screaming at a residence on 15th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park in Keaʻau.

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

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

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Kamanaokaaina “Mana” Nakooka, who is described as part Hawaiian, 5-feet-11 inches, weighing 260 pounds, heavy build, with black hair, and brown eyes.

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 this incident is asked to contact Detective Todd Pataray at (808) 961-2382 or email todd.pataray@hawaiicounty.gov or to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 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 subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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