A 26-year-old man charged in the shooting death of a 24-year-old man at an illegal McCully game room argued about money with the victim before gunfire broke out, according to a court document.
A preliminary hearing for the suspect, Nathaniel Foster, is scheduled for Wednesday on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Kioco Melson. Foster is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
At about 9 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to several gunshots coming from the area of South Beretania Street and Poha Lane. A witness led officers to the second floor of the game room located at 2203 South Beretania St. where they observed Melson’s body covered with a blanket.
Witnesses told police a man they referred to as “Jaimaca,” identified as Foster, had fatally shot Melson. One of the witnesses told officers both Melson and Foster worked at the illegal gambling room.
The witness said he saw the two men arguing with each other as Melson sat in a chair and Foster stood near the door of the game room. Police said Foster then pulled out a black semi-automatic gun from his fanny pack and shot Melson multiple times, said the court document.
Another witness said he heard both men talking about money before Foster abruptly opened the door and allegedly shot Melson several times. The document said Foster then stood over Melson as he was laying on the floor and shot him several more times before he fled.
The medical examiner’s office determined Melson died from multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of death was classified as a homicide.
A SWAT team located Foster at a Kalihi apartment and arrested him Saturday.