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Puna Man Charged Following Shooting in Hawaiian Acres

by Thunda

Hawai’i Island police have charged 54-year-old Gregory Martin Glaser of Mountain View, following a shooting incident that occurred fronting a residence on Road 2 in the Hawaiian Acres subdivision in Puna, early Saturday evening, April 1, 2023.

On Tuesday morning, April 4, 2023, after conferring with the County Prosecutors Office, Area I Criminal Investigation Section detectives charged Glaser with the following offenses:

  • Second-degree assault
  • Attempted first-degree assault
  • First-degree terroristic threatening
  • Ownership/possession firearm prohibited

His bail was set at $70,000.

The charges against Glaser stem from an incident reported on Saturday evening shortly after 5:00 p.m., when Puna patrol officers responded to a reported affray at a residence on Road 2. Upon arriving on scene, officers detained two individuals. As officers continued to investigate, it was determined one of the men being detained had an apparent gunshot wound to his shoulder area. He was treated at the scene and later transported via ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center. The shooting victim was released from Hilo Medical Center after being treated for a non-life-threatening injury.

The other man detained was arrested and transported to the Pahoa Police station. He was interviewed by detectives, and later released pending further investigation.

Area I Criminal Investigation Section detectives responded to the scene to assist in this investigation, as well as to the Hilo Medical Center to interview the victim with the gunshot wound.

According to preliminary accounts of this incident, there was a violent affray involving five to six individuals, several of whom were armed with machetes, when the shooting suspect discharged a firearm and subsequently struck the 36-year-old.    

During the course of this investigation, detectives identified Glaser as the reported shooter. On Sunday afternoon, April 2, 2023, Glaser was located at his residence and arrested without incident.  

The charges are merely allegations, and the Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty

Police ask anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed this incident to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective John Balberde at (808) 961-2386 or

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