Suspect charged in shooting outside Honolulu church

HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities say a 59-year-old woman who shot a man outside a Honolulu church where he had just been baptized is behind bars.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports ( ) that Violesolo Tavita faces an attempted murder charge and two weapons counts in Saturday’s shooting of 60-year-old Tali Talitonu, who was reported in stable condition Sunday. Tavita’s bail was set at $250,000.

The victim’s nephew, Taleni Asuega, told the newspaper that up to 100 people had been entering the courtyard of the Samoa-Tokelau Seventh-day Adventist Church when a woman pulled out a gun and shot Talitonu in the back.

KHON-TV in Honolulu reported that relatives told the station that the victim knew the woman but their relationship is unclear. A motive for the attack is undetermined.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser,

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