Breaking News: Fatal Shooting on Molokai UPDATED
Last updated at 3 p.m. March 21, 2013
Last night a 24-year-old female was fatally shot at Kawela Barns Apartments. The 911 call was reported at 9:59 p.m. Police reported the victim, who has been identified as Malia Kahalewai, as having a single gunshot wound in the chest. She was transported to Molokai General Hospital in critical condition, according to a police press release. She passed away as a result of her injuries.
Police have identified the suspect as 33-year-old Marlin L. Lavoie, who fled the scene last night in a small Honda, compact vehicle heading east on Kamehameha V Highway. Police later located the vehicle near his residence in Honouliwai, and the suspect surrendered himself to police custody this morning at 7:51 a.m. without incident. Lavoie was placed under arrest for murder in the second degree and was subsequently transported to the Molokai Police Station for processing. As of 2:40 p.m. today, Lavoie has not been formally charged as this investigation is actively ongoing, according to police.
An autopsy is pending. The relationship between Lavoie and Kahalewai was boyfriend-girlfriend. They also had children in common.
Check themolokaidispatch.com for updates as they become available.