Man, 72, charged with attempted murder in shooting

Published On: May 15 2012 04:52:15 PM HST

Joseph Amormino; Courtesy: Hawaii Police Dept.

HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police have charged a 72-year-old Puna man in connection with a shooting Sunday evening at a home in Pana'ewa.

Joseph Amormino of Hawaiian Beaches was charged at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday with first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, burglary, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, place to keep ammunition, and two counts of place to keep firearms.

He was also charged with three counts of terroristic threatening for an unrelated incident that occurred about twenty minutes before the shooting.  In that case, Amormino allegedly waved a handgun at a 52-year-old Mountain View woman, a 48-year-old Mountain View man and a 14-year-old Mountain View girl after reportedly tailgating their vehicle on Highway 130 near the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

Amormino’s bail was set at $656,000.  He remains at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.

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