Two Shooters Charged with Attempted Murder

Two Molokai men were arrested and charged with first degree attempted murder for shooting two men in Ho`olehua last Wednesday, Oct. 14. Thirty-two-year-old Chad Kaipo Naehu of Kaunakakai and 26-year-old Travis Torres of Ho`olehua turned themselves in to the Molokai Police Station at about 10:15 p.m. that night, according to police. Both are being held on Maui on $1 million bails.

The two men they shot were hospitalized after each sustained a gunshot wound. A 52-year-old man was shot in the neck and was transported to Oahu in critical condition. The second victim, a 37-year-old man, was shot in the rear and also flown to Oahu, in guarded condition. The names of the victims have not been released as of Sunday.

Maui County police said they received a 911 call at 2:30 p.m. and discovered the two men had been shot near a home on Pu`ukapele Ave. in Ho`olehua.

Some Molokai residents believe the shootings to be drug-related but police have not confirmed this. The investigation is ongoing, and Molokai police ask anyone with information to call 553-5355 or 244-6400.


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