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Suspect in a deadly Big Island shooting last month indicted

Big Island police are searching for a suspect after a fatal shooting left 1 person dead and seriously injured another. (Image: Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today) Big Island police are searching for a suspect after a fatal shooting left 1 person dead and seriously injured another. (Image: Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
HONAUNAU, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A jury has indicted a man in connection with a deadly Big Island shooting that took place late last month.

Brian Lee Smith, 49, was indicted this week for a slew of crimes including two counts of attempted murder and felony gun crimes.

He was arrested in June for his connection to the shooting that left 42-year-old Thomas Ballesteros Jr. dead.

It happened the afternoon of June 23 on near 85-5420 Painted Church Road in Honaunau. 

When officials arrived, they found Ballesteros Jr. dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the head.

"It was also determined there were two others injured including the possible suspect," Alan Richmond, Hawaii Police Department spokesperson said the weekend the shooting took place. 

The relationship of those involved were unclear. One of the men told officials that he wrestled with the shooter for the gun, injuring the suspect in the leg.

"There was some type of altercation between three males, two of them were there together," Lt. Rio Amon-Wilkins said. "One male was shot and the other two males got into a physical confrontation and both ended up getting shot as well."

Authorities say Smith fled the scene by motorcycle before they arrived. A search ensued and he was located shortly after the incident. 

Police also say Smith and the injured victim were both treated for non-life threatening gunshot injuries. They were flown to Oahu for further treatment, officials tell Hawaii News Now.

It wasn't immediately clear what prompted the fight. 

Smith remains in custody at OCCC on just over $1 million bail. 

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Big Island police.

This story may be updated.

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