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Kapaau, HI – Child Killed in Unintentional Firearm Discharge at Big Island Boy Scout Camp

September 1, 2022

Kapaau, HI (September 01, 2022) – Big Island police are leading an investigation into how a child was killed during an unintentional shooting at Camp Honokaia Boy Scout Camp on Sunday, August 28th. 

Officers were dispatched to the camp, located near Honokaa, at about 2:30 p.m. for reports of a “shooting incident” and an unconscious child. Upon their arrival, detectives found the lifeless child near the rifle range with a single gunshot.  

Given the severity of his injury, the child was not transported for rescue. His body was moved to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead by an attending physician. 

The victim’s name and age are being withheld pending family notification. Investigators have only identified the deceased as an adolescent boy from Hilo who was not armed at the time of the shooting.  

Police have opened lines of inquiry with all adults and children who were present at the camp. No criminality is suspected and no arrests have been made. 

This tragedy is under investigation and classified as a coroner’s inquest. An autopsy has been scheduled. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Unintentional Firearm Deaths in Hawaii

Kapaau, HI - Child Killed in Unintentional Firearm Discharge at Big Island Boy Scout Camp

Although owning certain types of guns is a right, the possession, use, and ownership of a loaded weapon brings with it accountability. Sadly, multiple injuries and deaths take place every year caused by the unintentional discharge of a firearm.

A person who owns or possesses a firearm has a duty of care to exercise prudence and caution. Inherent in this duty is an obligation to only fire a weapon where it is safe and legal to do so. Additionally, weapons must always be treated with respect and handled safely, including exercising proper muzzle and trigger discipline.  

That being the case, anytime an injury or death results from someone mishandling a gun, they can be held liable for any injuries or fatalities. 

Gun accidents can arise from numerous scenarios, such as irresponsible gun handling, or recreational activities, such as hunting or target shooting. 

Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate every element of your case to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit.  If you do, we will file your case and pursue full compensation.

If you or someone you love was injured or killed due to someone else’s mishandling of a firearm, consider speaking with a Hawaii firearm injury attorney to learn the best way to proceed. Based on the events surrounding your case, you might be eligible for compensation for lost income, hospital bills, and other associated costs.

If you or a family member were injured or killed by another person’s negligence, contact our Hawaii personal injury attorneys today by calling (808) 537-2525.  

The Honolulu personal injury lawyers at Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner have decades of experience handling these types of cases. We are ready to guide you through the process from start to finish and are dedicated to helping you recover in the quickest and most comfortable way possible.

Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately. 

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