Saturday, November 20, 1999

Two hurt in shooting
at Aiea home

A resident returns fire with an armed
man who came calling; then the
resident's son is arrested

By Jaymes K. Song


Two men were hospitalized following a shootout yesterday in Aiea Heights.

Police said the incident began when a man stood outside a Waiakea Place home, calling for a resident of the house to come out.

The resident, Ed Peltier, armed himself with a carbine rifle and confronted the 50-year-old suspect, according to police.

The suspect fired, hitting Peltier in the area of his right forearm, and Peltier returned fire.

Cindy Gould, who also lives on the street and is Peltier's niece, said she was watching television when she heard the gunshots just before 11 a.m.

She went outside and saw her uncle screaming to call 911 and cradling an injured arm.

"My uncle was yelling he was shot, and he was full of blood," Gould said.

Peltier, 64, identified the suspect to his family as a man who used to rent a room at a relative's home several years ago.

After Peltier was hit and went back into his house, his 37-year-old son armed himself with a 9 mm handgun and fired a round "in the area of the suspect," according to a police report.

The suspect ran makai on Aiea Heights Drive. He was apprehended by police near Pooholua Road, about a quarter-mile away from the shooting scene.

Police recovered a .38-caliber revolver from the suspect. He was taken to Queen's Hospital with a gunshot wound to his head. His condition is not being released.

Police would not confirm if the suspect was shot by Peltier or his son.

Peltier was taken to Pali Momi Hospital and is in good condition, said his wife and long-time Star-Bulletin employee, Trinidad Peltier.

She said that the suspect, who moved out of the relative's place about seven years ago, had previously harassed and threatened her husband.

She added that the suspect was "basically a nice fellow," but had gotten involved with drugs.

The man faces attempted murder and firearms charges. Peltier's son was arrested for reckless endangerment.

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