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EXCLUSIVE: Big Island man witnesses fatal shooting, says he was actual target

Lindsey's driveway where the incident occured. Lindsey's driveway where the incident occured.
Valentine Gonsalves Valentine Gonsalves
Keith Gonsalves Keith Gonsalves
Naea Lindsey Naea Lindsey
HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

UPDATE:

Valentine Gonsalves, Jr. has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting his nephew.  

Hawaii News Now reported Wednesday that the 42-year old is accused of accidentally shooting Keith Gonsalves during an argument with another man.

The uncle is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree reckless endangering, possession of a loaded firearm, and use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony.

His bail is $507,000.

ORIGINAL STORY: 

In a bizarre case on the Big Island, a man is accused of accidentally killing his nephew during a confrontation with another man.

Resident Naea Lindsey told Hawaii News Now he was the intended target.

Lindsey said 25-year-old Keith Gonsalves, driving a Honda SUV, drove to his home on Alaloa Road in Waiakea Uka on Monday night. The two argued over a robbery that Lindsey believes Keith committed last week.

That's when Keith's uncle, 42-year-old Valentine Gonsalves, sat up in the back seat of the SUV and allegedly pointed a gun at him.

"All I saw was one muzzle flash and 'pow,' I seen Keith's head go back," Lindsey said.

Lindsey says Valentine was aiming for him, but the nephew got in the way as the gun went off. He says Gonsalves slumped over the steering wheel and the SUV began to roll down the driveway.

Lindsey and his family ran into their home as Valentine apparently got into the driver's seat and took off, taking out the neighborhood's gate on the way out.

"Every time I close my eyes, I can see my whole life flash before me," Lindsey said.

When Hawaii County police arrived at Lindsey's home, the SUV was gone. It was found Tuesday morning along the Daniel K. Inouye Highway with Gonsalves's body still inside. An autopsy has determined that he died from a gunshot wound to the neck, police said.

Police believe Valentine left the SUV near mile marker 27 and hitchhiked to Kona. He was subsequently arrested for terroristic threatening, but was charged Wednesday night with second-degree murder, first-degree reckless endangering, possession of a loaded firearm and use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony.

Valentine’s bail was set at $507,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Lindsey says he has a hard time sleeping knowing that he was the intended target.

"I keep thinking to myself, 'God must have one mission for me.' The bullet was meant for me but it hit his nephew instead."

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