HANA – Maui police are investigating the reported accidental
shooting death of a 20-year-old Hana man Saturday night at Koali
between Hana and Oheo, police said.
Lt. Glenn Cuomo of the Wailuku Criminal Investigation Division said
the man and two acquaintances were preparing to go hunting when the
victim suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. The man died en route to
the Hana Community Health Center.
Cuomo said Sunday afternoon that police were not releasing the
man’s identity pending notification of next of kin.
Cuomo said an 18-year-old Koali man was loading a rifle outside a
pickup truck in Koali about 7:30 p.m. when the rifle accidentally
The Hana resident, who was in the front passenger seat, was struck
once in the chest, he said.
Cuomo said the acquaintances started to drive the victim to the
Hana Community Health Center but stopped at a residence to meet with
medical personnel. The man later died, he said.
Wailuku Criminal Investigation Division detectives are handling the
case, which has been classified as a second-degree murder
investigation although there was no evidence of foul play, Cuomo said.
The rifle believed to be involved in the incident was recovered, he
Cuomo said an autopsy would be done but was unsure when it would be
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