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Hilo Information Update for December 2nd, 2020

The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) has opened an attempted murder investigation following a shooting in Pāpa'ikou Wednesday afternoon (December 2nd).

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.: 20-091937 Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated an attempted murder investigation after a reported shooting this afternoon, December 2, 2020, in Pāpa‘ikou.

Shortly after 1:00 p.m. today, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to the area of the Pāpa‘ikou Transfer Station on the Old Mamalahoa Highway. Police contacted two victims who reported being shot at by a male suspect who left the area in a vehicle prior to police arrival. One of the victims had multiple gunshot wounds.

A 24-year-old male was transported by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center Emergency Room with life-threatening injuries. He later underwent surgery and remains in stable condition. The other victim, a 50-year-old male, was not injured.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene and are continuing this investigation which is classified as attempted first-degree murder.

Police are asking for anyone with information on this incident or who may have been in the area to contact Detective Wendall Carter at (808) 961-2383 or email him at

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.


The HIRSC Team is working to confirm a vehicle pursuit that occurred on Highway 19 (Mamalahoa Highway) along the Hamakua and North Hilo Districts Wednesday afternoon if the vehicle was related to the incident Pāpa'ikou, South Hilo. However, we have not received any word from HPD, if the two incidents were related.

We will provide an update on that incident in a separate post shortly.

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