Man shot to death
in Waipahu

Police say the victim and suspect
were drinking beer together

By Sally Apgar

Police were still searching last night for a 24-year-old man with a dragon tattoo who is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting-death of an unidentified man early yesterday morning in an industrial section of Waipahu.

Emanuelu Tunoa: Police believe he is armed and dangerous and should not be approached

Police said the man they are searching for, Emanuelu Tunoa, also known as Elu, has a prior conviction for felony assault and is known to frequent the areas of Waipahu, Pearl City and Mililani. Police believe he is armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Police said the 21-year-old victim was shot in the right chest and shoulder area with a sawed-off double-barrel shotgun. He was also wounded in the face.

The victim was taken to St. Francis Medical Center-West in a private car, but died before reaching the emergency room at 2:34 a.m., less than 30 minutes after the shooting.

Police said the victim and the alleged shooter were drinking beer together beside a concrete canal near 94-121 Leokane St. Yesterday beer bottles and empty cartons of Budweiser and Coors Light littered the side of the canal. Nearby workers, who did not want to be identified, said people often party by the side of the canal.

Witnesses told police that at about 2:20 a.m., the suspect pulled out the shotgun, shot the victim and fled on foot carrying the weapon.

Police described Tunoa as 5-feet-11 and about 185 pounds. He has a muscular build, brown complexion and dark brown hair that is long in back and worn in a bun. He also has a mustache, goatee and an earring in his left ear.

Emanuelu Tunoa has several tattoos, including the letters SOS on his back and a dragon on his left arm.

Tunoa has several prominent tattoos. A winged dragon with an arching neck is on his left arm, and a crouching wildcat adorns his right arm. His last name is tattooed across his stomach. The letters SOS are tattooed across his back along with about 12 shields that outline the slope of his shoulders.

Police said Tunoa may possibly be driving a white 1987 two-door Chevrolet with the license plate FJU 050, or a 1991 white General Motors van with the plate JSD 388.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sheryl Sunia at 529-3166. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

Star-Bulletin reporter Helen Altonn contributed to this report.

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