Man charged in Chinatown fatal shooting

Published On: Apr 01 2009 07:38:25 AM HST   Updated On: Apr 01 2009 03:25:59 AM HST

Police have a made an arrest in a fatal shooting in Chinatown on Saturday.

Authorities charged 21-year-old Iosefa Meafua Pasene with second-degree murder and terroristic threatening, KITV reported.

Sources told KITV that drug enforcement agents arrested him on drug charges and then transferred him to police.

Police said the shooting occurred at 4:15 a.m. on the corner of North Pauahi and River streets.

According to a police report, witnesses saw 35-year-old Joseph Peneueta standing on the corner when a blue car drove up.

Witnesses said two men got out of the car and shot Peneueta several times in the back with an assault-type rifle and a shotgun.

Investigators said a surveillance camera that sits across the street from the scene of the shooting picked up flashes from the confrontation between Peneueta and the gunmen.

However, police said the camera did not capture the actual shooting.

Police said the surveillance camera captured the car's backside but not the gunmen's faces.

Authorities said the surveillance recording cycles between a camera on River Street and about two-dozen others throughout the Chinatown area.

The camera did record witnesses at the scene when the gunfire broke out and police said that may help in the investigation.

"From what I was told, there were a lot of people around when the incident went down. And I'm sure the public knows something. Somebody out there knows something or somebody out there saw something," said Peneueta's uncle Lea'uma Laulu.

Police said they are still looking for the second man believed to be in his 20s.

Pasene is being held on a $1 million bond.


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