Suspect charged with murder in Ewa Beach townhouse complex shooting

Patrick Tuputala charged with murder and firearm offense.
Patrick Tuputala charged with murder and firearm offense.(HPD)
Published: Dec. 3, 2022 at 4:21 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2022 at 12:28 AM HST
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EWA BEACH (HawaiiNewsNow) - The suspect accused of fatally shooting at 57-year-old resident manager in Ewa Beach was charged with second-degree murder on Saturday.

Officials said 34-year-old Patrick Tuputala also faces firearm offense charges.

His bail is set at $1 million.

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

Witnesses said they heard two men having an altercation before multiple gunshots went off.

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

Meanwhile, investigators are still searching for the vehicle Tuputala allegedly fled in — a 2013 silver Kia Rio with 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 remains ongoing.

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