Authorities: Suspect in deadly Ewa Beach shooting turns himself in

Honolulu police arrested 34-year-old Patrick Tuputala for second-degree murder Thursday evening.
Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 10:22 AM HST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2022 at 10:28 PM HST
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EWA BEACH (HawaiiNewsNow) - A suspect is in custody after fatally shooting a 57-year-old man in Ewa Beach Thursday morning, officials said.

Honolulu police arrested 34-year-old Patrick Tuputala for second-degree murder Thursday evening.

Authorities said sheriffs were able to convince Tuputala to turn himself in.

Police searching for murder suspect Patrick Tuputala, 34
Police searching for murder suspect Patrick Tuputala, 34(Courtesy: Crimestoppers Honolulu)

The shooting happened about 8:30 a.m. at the Palm Villas townhouse complex on Puamaeole Street.

“Witnesses apparently heard them arguing and then heard about three to four gunshots,” said Lt. Deena Thoemmes of the Honolulu Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Police said Tuputala allegedly shot the housing development’s resident manager in one of the complex’s parking stalls and fled the scene.

Thoemmes said the suspect is known at the complex and witnesses said they believe he knows someone who lives there.

“This does not appear to be a random act,” she said.

The identity of the 57-year-old victim was not immediately released.

Honolulu EMS said they responded and administered advanced life support to the victim before transporting him to a hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead.

Neighbors said the manager was well liked.

“He’s hard working and would always drive around this area and, you know, cleaning stuff here,” said Magdalena Lupo, who lives near the victim.

“He’s ... a very nice person.”

Residents and police said that gun violence in their neighborhood is rare.

“I’ve been here like 11 years and we are very safe and quiet here.”

Investigators are still searching for the suspect vehicle — a 2013 silver Kia Rio with the license plate RWW 504.

If you see the vehicle, call 911 or Crimestoppers at (808) 961-8300.

Suspect vehicle: 2013 silver Kia Rio. Hawaii License plate RWW 504
Suspect vehicle: 2013 silver Kia Rio. Hawaii License plate RWW 504(Courtesy: Crimestoppers Honolulu)

An investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.