Police make arrest in Big Island double murder

Published On: Feb 12 2013 09:57:00 AM HST

Big Island police have a man in custody accused of shooting and killing two women and it happened in front of two children.

HILO, Hawaii -

Two women are dead after police are investigating a reported shooting that occurred Monday night in Hilo on the Big Island, according to police.

Around 11:20 p.m., police responded to calls of gunshots on Leilani Street. Responding officers discovered two victims with apparent gunshot wounds.

Both victims were transported to the Hilo Medical Center where they were pronounced dead.

Sean Ivan Masa Matsumoto, 34, of Hilo was taken into custody at the scene on suspicion of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.

Two children who were also at the residence at the time of the shooting, and were uninjured.

Police have closed roads between Hinano and Manono Streets as detectives conduct further investigations.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case to call Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or email at ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email at jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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