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Shot that struck Hawaii family’s van meant for dog, police say

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KURTISTOWN, Hawaii >> Big Island police say the gunshot that pierced the window of a minivan carrying a house-hunting family was meant for a dog.

Irenio Mateo and his wife were driving through the Hawaiian Acres subdivision last week with their four children when their van was shot. No one was injured. 

Police have charged 68-year-old Victor Kwock Chung Chun with reckless endangering and other charges. Police say he was shooting at a dog he suspected of killing chickens when the family passed into his line of fire. 

Another man was arrested but later released pending investigation. 

The Mateos have said the harrowing ordeal hasn’t deterred them from wanting to buy a home in the area. 

Reached via telephone on Monday, Chun declined to comment. He is free on $16,000 bond. 


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