UPDATE (7:29 p.m.) – During Hoomalu’s initial court appearance on Wednesday afternoon, prosecutors said that his criminal history shows that he has violent tendencies.
He is also currently wanted in Virginia and Idaho on warrants for failure to appear.
Judge Elizabeth Best increased the amount of his bond during the court appearance.
“I am intending to set bail at $250,000 based upon all the factors that were explained by the state as well as what I have read in the affidavit.” Judge Best said. “I consider this very serious and I think that is a reasonable sum to protect the community.”
Judge Best is also requiring a curfew of 8 p.m and GPS monitoring if Hoomalu is released on bond.
The sister of the woman who was shot told MTN News on Wednesday afternoon that she is still in critical condition, and is “very lucky to be alive.” She said that one of the three bullets missed her major artery by 1 mm. She said that the family is asking for “much-needed prayers for her recovery.”
GREAT FALLS- The suspect in a shooting in Great Falls is facing felony charges.
Jason Charles Hoomalu has been charged in connection with the shooting Tuesday night.
The victim was taken to Benefis Health System with gunshot wounds to her chest and both forearms. She underwent surgery and was designated “Level 1 trauma-critical,” according to court documents.
The shooting happened shortly before 9 p.m. at a residence near the intersection of 7th Street North and 7th Avenue.
The victim told police that she went out to the garage to smoke a cigarette and the suspect – later identified as Hoomalu – came out of the garage with a gun. The woman described him as “paranoid.”
Court documents say that an altercation ensued, and the woman put her arms up in self-defense. Hoomalu then shot her three times.
During a 911 call, Hoomalu reportedly said that the woman had attacked him, and he tried to get the gun away from her and then she fired the gun.
Hoomalu later admitted intentionally shooting the woman with a stolen gun. He also admitted that he concealed the gun underneath some leaves on the east side of the residence.
As of Wednesday, Hoomalu was charged with two felonies: assault with a weapon, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Court documents state that Hoomalu has convictions in California for obstructing an officer, and intent to terrorize along with numerous misdemeanors.
Prosecutors have requested that bond for Hoomalu be set at $150,000.
We have requested a booking photo from the Cascade County Detention Center.