Hawaiian man arrested after firing gun on lava evacuee neighbor

Ksenia Novikova
Jun 05, 2018
08:35 A.M.
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The Hawaiian man known to be John Hubbard was arrested after he fired a few shots up the sky and aimed his gun at his neighbor who was only there to check on his lava-threatened house.


Hubbard aimed his gun at his neighbor named Ethan Edwards, 32, and forced him and his friends to leave the premises near their home in Leilani Estates. Molten rock from the Kilauea volcano had been flowing nonstop for a month.



of the altercation was posted by Edwards on Facebook. It showed Hubbard, 61, shooing his neighbor away from the property while pointing the gun at him.

When the first shot was heard, people from the background started screaming and Edwards crouched down in panic covering his head with his arms at the same time.

Hubbard shouts at Edwards to get out of the place. Edwards gains the courage despite being held at gunpoint to shout back that he lives in the property


In the caption, Edwards shared that he was happy to be alive and wrote, ‘Be careful out there folks. This situation is really beginning to take its toll psychologically and the bad weather is contributing to emotional tensions. Folks are breaking down.’

Hawaii News Now reported that Hubbard was arrested by the Hawaiian Island police on May 29, 2018. He was sent to the Hilo cellblock.


He was charged with two counts of first-degree reckless endangering, five counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, one count of first-degree robbery, as well as a number of other firearm-related offenses.

Since the molten rock incident began, around 2,000 people have been forced to leave their homes and evacuate.

Since then, 75 homes have already been destroyed. Other families have opted to stay behind and protect their belongings and property.

The Hawaii County’s civil defense administrator revealed that people had been stressed and the tensions had been rising as a result of the calamity. For more info about this story, visit our Twitter account, @amomama_usa.