MPD opens attempted murder investigation after a man was shot in head while driving

It is unclear what led up to the shooting. The investigation remains ongoing and no arrests have been made.
Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 7:40 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 30, 2022 at 10:24 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui police opened an attempted murder investigation following a shooting in Kihei that left a 66-year-old man injured Wednesday night.

Authorities were called out around 6:30 p.m to Maui Veterans Highway.

MPD said the man was driving southbound when he was apparently shot. Responding officers found the part-time Kihei resident with a gunshot wound to the side of his head.

One witness saw the victim’s car stopped on the side of the road near the Wildlife Refuge entrance. Brenna Edens-Spens recalled the sight of the driver still in the vehicle moments after the shooting happened.

“I noticed the gentleman’s door was open and he was slouched in his driver’s seat,” said Edens-Spens. “I noticed there was someone in the vehicle with him. I want to say it was his family. Looks like they’re probably trying to help them.”

The victim was taken to a hospital in critical yet stable condition where he remained Thursday.

Maui Veterans Highway was closed in both directions at the intersections of Hansen Road and North Kihei Road for about five hours for the investigation, but has since reopened.

Authorities said there is no threat to the public as the shooting appears to be an “isolated event.”

It is unclear what led up to the shooting. The investigation remains ongoing and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with tips should call (808) 242-6966. You can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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