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Ocean View man charged with attempted murder

By Star-Advertiser staff


An Ocean View man was scheduled to make his initial court appearance this morning in a Hawaii island courtroom to face attempted murder, assault and firearms charges stemming from a shooting Sunday.

Police allege that John O'Leary, 61, shot a man in the leg at his home in the 92-8000 block of Reef Parkway in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates Sunday afternoon.

O'Leary is being held on $68,000 bail.

John O’Leary of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates was being held at the Kona police cellblock on suspicion of attempted murder and two firearm offenses. 

Police said the shooting took place at O’Leary’s house in the 92-8000 block of Reef Parkway in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.

Police said the victim, a 66-year-old Ocean View man who is a longtime acquaintance of O’Leary, had gone to O’Leary’s house when O’Leary reportedly fired several shots, one of which hit the victim in his right upper thigh. 

The victim struggled with O’Leary and took away his firearm, police said. O’Leary reportedly then hit the victim on the elbow with a baseball bat.

The victim drove home with the gun and called 911. He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was treated and later released, police said. 

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