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Man charged in connection with January shooting in Honolii

Police on the scene of an overnight shooting in Honolii (Image: Hawaii News Now) Police on the scene of an overnight shooting in Honolii (Image: Hawaii News Now)
HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Big Island police charged a parolee on Thursday while continuing their investigation into an early-morning shooting in Honolii in January.

Police said John Perez was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder. He remains in the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continue to investigate.

At around 4:35 a.m. on Jan. 31, police responded to several reports of gunshots in the area. Officers later learned that a 31-year-old Kona man was taken to the hospital following the shooting.

Perez was paroled back in December when he was serving a life sentence for the 1991 beating a strangulation death of Juliana Laysa.

His bail has been set at $350,000.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call CrimeStoppers at (808) 961-8300.

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