Police on Hunt for Shooter

HAWAII – Hawaii island police are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting. The murder occurred early this morning in Puna.

The police responded to a call indicating a man with a gunshot wound was lying in the driveway of a residence on Plumeria Street. Consequently, dispatchers sent officers to the scene at the subdivision. They quickly opened up a murder investigation. As of now, they are actively seeking the shooter.

Officers arrived at the Fern Acres community at around 12:30 a.m. Unfortunately, they found the male victim unresponsive with a gunshot wound. Authorities have identified the victim as Joshua John Santos, 38, of Puna. Hawaii Police Department made the info public in a news release. This occurred after medical personnel pronounced the victim dead.

Detectives associated with the police department’s Area 1 Criminal Investigation Section have launched a second-degree murder investigation. However, the police have not identified any potential suspects in the crime. Moreover, they’ve already embarked on an investigation. In other words, they are pursuing all leads.

Police officials say an autopsy will happen soon in order to determine the precise cause of death. Finally, police say that anybody with information on the shooting contact Detective Kelly Moniz at (808) 961-2385.

People with tips can also email the officer at Furthermore, they can call the department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

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