HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) arrested a 45-year-old man involved in a fatal shooting in Waianae that left one man dead and three others injured on Tuesday, March 15.
A witness said it sounded like a shootout. According to a friend of one of the victims, it all stemmed from a string of burglaries in the area.
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Police and SWAT went door to door for hours searching for a suspect still on the loose after a deadly shooting at this house on the ridge at end of Pokaikuahiwi Place around 8:30 a.m., Tuesday morning.
Waianae resident Meagan Hamilton said she heard the shots and knew something wasn’t right.
“It was just back-to-back consistent I mean I just kept hearing pew, pew, pew, pew, it just kept constantly going,” said Hamilton.
Then she said there was a short pause before another round of gunshots.
According to HPD, three suspects arrived at the victim’s house to return a stolen gun and cash taken during a car break-in three to four days prior.
HPD Lt. Deena Thoemmes said, “The plan was to negotiate the return of the firearm. During this process suspect number one shot at victim number one, striking victim number one in the head. Victim number one then retrieved his firearm from his residence and returned fire fatally striking suspect number one.”
Thoemmes said the bullet only grazed the victim’s head.
An employee of victim one arrived at the scene and was shot.
According to investigators, suspects two and three then jumped into the black SUV trying to leave, when victim one fired at them both.
“After the SUV stopped at which time suspect number two fell out of the vehicle and was found to have critical injuries,” said Thoemmes. “Suspect number three fled on foot towards Pokai Bay.”
Police are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to call 911.
According to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS), a man in his 30’s died and a 49-year-old man is in stable condition. EMS added that a 47-year-old man and a 53-year-old man were both taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition.
Peter Atai lives nearby. He said he and one of the victims in the shooting had enough after being burglarized multiple times over the last two weeks. He said they took matters into their own hands and tried to find out who had been stealing from them.
“No matter how much I tried to call the police department, their hands are tied,” Atai said. “They can’t get there at the time that we need to capture the people who are doing this. We never thought it’s going to get to this point, however, we have decided to secure ourselves.”
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Lt. Thoemmes said the prosecutor’s office will have to determine whether the shooting can be considered self-defense.