3 injured in shooting melee at popular Big Island surf spot

3 injured after shots fired at Pohoiki Beach Park on Big Island
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POHOIKI, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three men were injured, one critically, on Sunday night in a shooting at a popular Big Island surf spot.

The incident happened about 6:20 p.m. at the Isaac Hale Beach Park.

Investigators said there was a confrontation between two groups of people, and that several people discharged their weapons.

Multiple social media reports indicate about half a dozen shots were fired and dozens of people ducked and ran for cover.

Officers arrested 49-year-old Rodney Wilbur Sr., of Mountain View, for attempted murder.

Witnesses identified him as the shooter who left a 35-year-old Pahoa man critically injured.

A 27-year-old man and a 27-year-old man were also injured, and were last listed in stable condition Hilo Medical Center.

Cameras captured one patient being loaded into an ambulance at Highway 132 near Nanawale Boulevard. A second patient was put into an ambulance at Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road.

A day later, police arrested 36-year-old Tyson Keola Lewi for first-degree assault. He has since been taken to the Hilo cellblock for further investigation.

Hawaii County Police said the intersection of Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road near Lava Tree Park was closed while they investigated.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

This story will be updated.

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