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Hana man dies in shooting

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 discharged.

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 said.

Cuomo said an autopsy would be done but was unsure when it would be scheduled.

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