Man indicted in drive-by shooting


By JOHN BURNETT

Tribune-Herald staff writer

A 23-year-old Mountain View man faces numerous charges for allegedly endangering three people during a March drive-by shooting in Eden Roc subdivision.

A six-count indictment returned Wednesday by a Hilo grand jury charges Carl Andrew “Andy” Wright with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, three counts of first-degree reckless endangering and carrying a loaded firearm.

According to court documents filed by police, Rex Ventura, Randell Ventura and Sabrina Gonsalves told officers that on March 2 at about 4:15 p.m., they were standing outside their Mikana Street home when they saw a green Honda Civic sedan driven by Zedekiah Newberg burn rubber, drive past the house, then stop about 50 yards away.

An occupant in the vehicle then allegedly fired approximately eight shots in the direction of the three residents of the house, “causing them to fear for their lives,” documents state. Several bullets were recovered from two of Gonsalves’ vehicles, police said. Nobody was injured in the shooting.

Newberg, of Eden Roc, allegedly admitted to police that he was the driver of the car, but told officers that Wright, his housemate, was the one who fired the shots. He told officers that the firearm was a .22 caliber rifle, according to documents. He also reportedly identified Wright in a photographic line-up.

Newberg has not been charged with any offenses. Gonsalves and Rex Ventura filed for a temporary restraining order against Newberg on March 6, but their petition was dismissed on March 18 by Hilo

District Judge Andrew Wilson when none of the parties showed up for a hearing.

A warrant was issued for Wright’s arrest and he was taken into custody on May 1. A preliminary hearing was held the following day, and Hilo District Judge Harry Freitas found probable cause to try Wright on three counts each of terroristic threatening and reckless endangering. He pleaded not guilty to those charges on May 16 before Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara.

The indictment adds the firearms charge and drops one count of terroristic threatening. Wright will be re-arrested and arraigned on the updated charges. A bench warrant set his bail at $17,000, and Wright has been ordered to have no contact with the victims and to not possess firearms.

The firearms charge is a Class B felony carrying a possible 10-year prison term, while first-degree reckless endangering and first-degree terroristic threatening are both Class C felonies punishable by up to five years imprisonment.

Wright remains in custody in Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

Email John Burnett at jburnett@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

 

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