16-year-old killed in late-night shooting in Kalihi Valley

16-year-old killed in late-night shooting in Kalihi Valley
Police are investigating a shooting in Kalihi Valley on Thursday night that left a teen dead. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police are investigating a shooting in Kalihi Valley overnight that left a 16-year-old boy dead.

Authorities said the shooting happened about 11 p.m. Thursday on Kula Kolea Drive near the Kalihi Valley housing complex.

Investigators say 50 year-old Richard Obrero was returning home when he found two men in his home. They may have gotten in through this window.

The two ran out with some of his belongings, and he followed them to his yard and called 911.

He was shot at with a BB or pellet gun.

Police say Obrero, who had a gun, then shot several times toward the group. That’s when the 16-year-old boy was hit in the chest.

He was taken in critical condition to the hospital, where he died.

Obrero is still in police custody, and was booked on suspicion of second-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.

Retired Honolulu Police Maj. Jeff Owens, who’s now a security trainer, said there are limits to what a homeowner can legally do to defend property.

“Some people call it the castle doctrine or stand your ground," he said.

“The idea is that you don’t have to retreat from your home or place of business, but you still are only authorized to use the minimum amount of force necessary. And that becomes the operative word."

The investigation so far indicates that the teenager and the rest of the group were still on Obrero’s property when the shots were fired.

The boy killed in the shooting has been identified ― and he had an address inside the housing area ― but his name is being withheld by the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office.

This story will be updated.

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