HONOLULU (KHON2) — Honolulu police are looking for 19-year-old Nainoa Damon. Investigators said Damon is a suspect involved in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man early Friday morning at a popular Tantalus lookout.
The incident happened at the first lookout of Round Top Drive at around 1:45 a.m. Police responded to the emergency call by 2 a.m.
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On the same day, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) held a news conference to discuss what happened.
Lt. Deena Thoemmes of HPD stated suspect number one — a 19-year-old man — drove up to a group of men at the scenic lookout spot. Suspect one then went up to victim number one, pointed a gun to his head and demanded his property, Thoemmes continued. Victim one was an 18-year-old man.
Victim number two — another 18-year-old man — pulled victim one behind him for protection, drew a firearm and pointed it at suspect one, HPD reported. Then, police added suspect one shot victim two in the abdomen.
Thoemmes said suspect one and his front-seat passenger — suspect number two — left the scene in a white 1998 Toyota Camry heading toward Nehoa Street.
Victim two was taken to Kapiolani Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Family and friends were there to mourn his death.
According to a witness, who asked to remain anonymous, more than a dozen teens were hanging out at the first lookout on Round Top Drive just before 2 a.m.
“I heard a commotion, I heard people yelling, so I got out of the car and I tried to walk up and try to de-escalate the situation. But as soon as I got like 5 feet away — one loud gunshot, bang,” he explained. “I saw the whole thing — the flash in my eyes and everything. And I seen somebody drop to the ground, but I couldn’t tell who it was so I just ran to the car.”
Moments later the witness realized it was his friend who was shot.
HPD said that this incident did not appear to be a random act because victim one knew who suspect one was. However, Thoemmes explained they are still investigating whether victim one knew suspect two.
As officials search for Damon they said he is considered armed and dangerous.
CrimeStoppers and HPD are asking the public for their help in locating Damon on suspicion of murder.
Police said they also recovered a gun at the scene which they believe belonged to the man who was shot.
Pono Batalona said he grew up right down the street. He’s shocked to hear someone was killed but said the lookout can draw the wrong element at night.
“Up here has kind of been a haven for criminal activity in the past years, which is not surprising,” Batalona said. “It’s such an isolated vantage point up here. Anything can happen. It’s basically in the bushes.”
He is hoping police can patrol the area more often and enforce the 10 p.m. no parking rule at the lookout to avoid more incidents like this.
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Round Top Drive was closed fronting the first lookout while police investigated.