Suspect in custody, murder investigation ongoing after Central Oahu shooting

Updated: Jan. 12, 2020 at 12:48 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A suspect has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting Saturday in Central Oahu.

Sources say 37-year-old Bernard Decoito was arrested in connection with the deadly shooting.

He turned himself in on Saturday night and is being held on unrelated charges.

The victim, who hasn’t yet been identified as of Sunday morning, was found clinging to life after being shot in a vehicle in the area of Whitmore Village.

The call came in around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Police responded to the former pineapple fields off of Kamehameha Highway.

HPD says the victim, a woman in her 30s, was found along a dirt farm road, talking to a friend on the phone when she got into an argument with someone she apparently knew.

“The friend is on the phone and she hears what sounds like two vehicles are getting into a car accident and also a gun shot,” Lt. Deena Thoemmes of the Honolulu Police Department said.

Multiple police sources say the woman was shot in the head inside the vehicle. She was initially taken to a hospital in critical condition and later died Saturday evening.

Police were out in the rain and mud Saturday investigating a gruesome shooting in Whitmore...
Police were out in the rain and mud Saturday investigating a gruesome shooting in Whitmore Village.(Hawaii News Now)

Two vehicles were found at the scene, at least one of them appeared to have been stolen, HPD said. The second was unoccupied.

At this time a motive is unknown. It’s also unclear if the suspect and victim knew each other.

Investigators thoroughly canvassed the property, which is now owned by the state. The property has had a troubled history. The tall grasses conceal hundreds of junked cars and it has been occupied by squatters for years.

Area residents agree that the problems, though hidden from the main view, are clear and present.

“It’s hidden away from the public’s view. There’s always a potential for a dangerous situation,” Alesia Au, former Wahiawa Neighborhood Board Member, said. “It attracts the wrong elements.”

This story will be updated.

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