Police say fatal shooting of Boy Scout an accident; possible firearms charges against 3 adults to be reviewed by prosecutors

Police have sent 23 potential firearms-related offenses to the county prosecutor’s office for review.

The offenses stem from the Aug. 28 incident at the Camp Honokaia Boy Scout Camp near Honokaa that killed 11-year-old Boy Scout Manuel “Manny” Carvalho.

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According to police, one of the 23 possible charges is for criminally negligent storage of a firearm.

The potential offenses are against three men who were at the scene of the incident, and have been identified as the registered owners of multiple firearms. In total, 18 firearms and various ammunition were confiscated by police.

Police conducted extensive interviews with the adults and minors present at the rifle range. The investigation concluded that an unsupervised juvenile boy picked up a loaded firearm and, as he placed it back down, it discharged, subsequently shooting the victim.

The shooting s believed to be accidental, and police do not suspect foul play in the death of Carvalho who, according to an autopsy, died as a result of a single gunshot wound.

The firearm that was discharged is owned by the father of the minor that picked it up. No criminal charges are being contemplated against the minor.

Although police have concluded their investigation, they ask anyone who may have additional information to contact the police department’s nonemergency number at (808) 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.