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Hilo Information Update for December 18th, 2020

A 41-year-old Hilo man identified as a victim fatally injured in a shooting at the Puainako Town Center in Hilo early Friday morning (December 18th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 20-096244 Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the male victim whose body was found shot in a vehicle this morning (Friday) at the Puainako Town Center in Hilo.

The victim is identified as 41-year-old Benjamin Craig Davidson, of Hilo.

On Friday morning, December 18, 2020, shortly after 4:00 a.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to the Puainako Town Center for a report of gunshots and a man in a vehicle who had been shot. The victim was transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was performed this morning and concluded Davidson died from multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of death was determined to be a homicide.

Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this second-degree murder investigation. They are following up on leads and are looking to question the operator of a white two-door-sedan that was seen in the area of the victim’s vehicle and then leaving the parking lot. This individual should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police ask anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed this incident or have information to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective John Balberde at (808) 961-2386 or 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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