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Molokai shooting victims say ex-con fired shots


  • Chad K. Naehu
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The two victims in Wednesday’s Molokai shooting say it was Travis Torres who shot them with a sawed-off 16-gauge shot gun, according to court documents.

Torres, 26, of Hoolehua; and Chad Naehu, 32, of Kaunakakai; were both charged by Maui prosecutors Thursday for first-degree attempted murder. They also were charged with four firearms violations. Bail for each suspect was set at $1 million.

A preliminary hearing for the two men will be held Tuesday in Wailuku.

Police said that Naehu admitted to being with Torres and identified Torres as the person responsible for shooting Whitney Borden and Richard Dayton, according to a police affidavit.

Borden suffered a gunshot injury to the right side of his neck. Dayton was shot in his buttocks, according to court documents. The two victims were flown to Oahu and taken to Queen’s Medical Center for treatment.

Both Borden and Dayton also told police that Torres fired the shotgun.

Naehu also told police that he threw the shotgun used by Torres in some bushes at Torres’ property in Hoolehua, near where the shooting occurred at a home at 3550 Puu Kapele Ave.

After the shooting was reported witnesses said Naehu and Torres fled on an ATV and a moped, which were later found at Torres’ property on Puu Kapele Avenue.

The two men turned themselves into Molokai police at 10:15 p.m., eight hours after the shooting occurred.

Both men are convicted felons and are forbidden from owning or possessing firearms.

Naehu has four felony convictions — two for second-degree theft and two for breaking into cars — starting in 2008.

Torres has four felony convictions for car theft beginning in 2010.

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