(BIVN) – Police are investigating a report of a shooting, followed by a fire, at a home in Puna’s Ainaloa Subdivision. The investigation has been classified as an attempted murder, police say.
Police issued a media release on Wednesday morning:
At 7:03 p.m., police and fire department personnel responded to a report of a house fire on Rainbow Drive in the Ainaloa Subdivision. The resident, a 35-year-old man, told police that when he returned home, an unidentified intruder inside the house shot at him before the suspect fled on foot. Shortly thereafter, the victim heard an explosion on the outside of the house that set the structure on fire.
Fire department personnel extinguished the flames and determined that there were no casualties inside. No one was home at the time of the incident and Red Cross volunteers were at the scene to provide assistance. The male victim was not injured.
According to police, the “cause of the fire and events leading up to this incident” are under investigation. Damage estimates to the house and its contents are also pending, police say.
Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing the investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any other information about it is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Tuckloy Aurello of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2385 or Tuckloy.Aurello@hawaiicounty.gov.