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‘I didn’t want to believe it’: Family members left reeling after man fatally shot in Puna

As Hawaii Island police continue their investigation after a man was found fatally shot in Puna, family members of the victim said they were shocked by the news
Published: May. 21, 2022 at 12:33 PM HST|Updated: May. 24, 2022 at 5:23 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As Hawaii Island police continue their investigation after a man was found fatally shot in Puna, family members of the victim said they were shocked by the news.

“He got shot in the middle of the morning. From there it was shocking, I didn’t want to believe it,” said Rabbchy Chipiuo, the victim’s nephew.

Authorities said they responded to a report just before 3 a.m. Saturday of a man that had been shot in Nanawale Estates.

Upon arrival, officers found the body of 36-year-old Junio Resun at the intersection of Nanawale Boulevard and Seaview Road. Police said the man was surrounded by family members.

“I was sleeping and then I woke up at 2 a.m. and then my dad’s mom was screaming in the room and I said, ‘Grandma what happened?’ And then she said someone shot your dad,” said Dalina Resun, the victim’s daughter.

“My uncle came and he told us to go down to the house to try to relax and stuff because there’s a lot of blood. We went down to try to relax, but we were still crying.”

Officials said his body was transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was officially pronounced dead just before 7 a.m.

Police said they have not yet identified a suspect or motive, but are following up on leads.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday, to determine the exact cause of death.

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

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