HONOLULU (KHON2) — A search is underway for a suspect considered ‘armed and dangerous’ after two men were killed in Waianae early Saturday morning.
In a press conference, the Honolulu Police Department detailed that the incident happened after an argument escalated at Waianae Boat Harbor just before 1 a.m.
“Gunshots were heard and multiple vehicles were seen leaving the harbor,” said HPD Lt. Deena Thoemmes.
Thoemmes confirmed four victims sustained gunshot wounds. A 29-year-old man was found dead inside a vehicle at the scene and a 19-year-old man later died from his injuries after being taken to the hospital.
The other two victims were taken to the hospital — a 21-year-old woman in critical condition and an 18-year-old man who remains in stable condition. Police said the 18-year-old was taken to the hospital by a private vehicle.
Sources told KHON2 News over 20 shots were fired.
Investigators are doing more work to identify the description of the suspect but they do know that they fled the scene in a dark-colored vehicle.
HPD said the incident does not appear to be a random act.
Susan Mahiai is no stranger to gun violence. Her daughter Richianna spent weeks in the ICU after being shot in Maili over the summer.
Now speaking as a family friend of one of the victims Mahiai said, the violence needs to stop.
“Our babies are getting hurt. People are dying out here. This, Waianae side is a beautiful community,” said Mahiai. Come on, guys. We got to stop. We got to make peace. We got to have love. That’s why we got this convoy that this is putting back aloha into the community.”
Dozens showed up to the small boat harbor to show solidarity. Some said it’s not a policing problem.
“And we live in the Aloha state. Where is it? And we as a people, of Hawaii we need a revolution of aloha,” said Nanaikapono Protestant Church Pastor Allen Cardines Jr.
Police crime mapping shows four other crimes in the vicinity of Waianae District Park since last week Saturday.
Mahiai said stricter security measures could help.
KHON2 News reached out to HPD to ask about staffing along the Waianae Coast and whether they will step up security in the area. We have not gotten a response.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 911 or CrimeStoppers.
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Police have opened a first-degree murder case to investigate the shooting at Waianae Boat Harbor.