Woman fatally shot in Maili; sources say son is suspect

Woman fatally shot in Maili; sources say son is suspect
Barbara Perreira
Barbara Perreira
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MAILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Officers arrested a 44-year-old man Friday after his mother was fatally shot at a Maili home, police and sources say.

Anthony Pereira was arrested Friday afternoon for second-degree murder.

The shooting happened about 3:30 p.m. at a single-family home at 87-436 Farrington Highway.

Honolulu Police Lt. Phillip Lavarias said responding officers found the body of a 66-year-old woman at the house.

"When they entered the house, they encountered an armed male," said Lavarias. "Officers were able to talk the male into surrendering his firearm."

Friends identified the woman as Barbara Pereira. Sources told Hawaii News Now that the suspect is her son.

The motive behind the shooting isn't yet clear, but Lavarias said the two appear to have been arguing.

Anthony Pereira suffered minor injuries when he was taken into custody. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Barbara Pereira's friends described her as a sweet, caring woman. They expressed shock Friday at her death.

Neighbors also said the shooting has rattled the community.

"I pass this place, every day I pass that house, and it's quiet. They look happy," said Lennie Johnson, who was across the street at Maili Beach Park when she heard gunshots. "That's why I'm sitting here today. I'm shocked."

Witnesses said upwards of five shots were fired.

"I heard a 'pop-pop-pop-pop,'" said Alfred Kahele, who was also at Maili Beach Park when the shooting happened.

"I thought it was firecrackers, but then after that, I saw cops and everything flying up and down" the highway.

Investigators have not said if anyone else was home when the shooting happened.

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