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UPDATE: Man Charged in Leilani Estates Shooting Incident

May 31, 2018, 8:49 AM HST
* Updated May 31, 10:46 AM
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61-year-old John Hubbard, of Leilani Estates. PC: Hawaiʻi Island Police Department.

Update:

At 10:30 p.mWednesday evening, May 30, 2018, 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 this afternoon, May 31, 2018, in South Hilo District Court.

Background:

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Pāhoa man in connection with a shooting incident on Tuesday afternoon in the lower Puna area.

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Video of the incident has been shared across various social media platforms.

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61-year-old John Hubbard of Leilani Estates, was arrested near the scene shortly after the incident.

The victim, a 32-year-old man, also 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.

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No one was injured by gunfire, and the victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries stemming from the assault.

The case was being investigated as a first-degree reckless endangering incident.

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