HONOLULU (KHON2) — On Sunday afternoon, the murder suspect involved in the death of a 20-year-old man in Waikiki turned himself in to police custody shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The victim was identified as Marqus I. McNeil, who was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
McNeil’s family said he was the kind of person who would give the shirt off his back for anyone. But on Saturday, his life was cut short after being fatally shot in Waikiki.
The incident was not a random act, and police said Kaio and the victim knew each other.
According to police, the incident occurred after Kaio was in a verbal confrontation with McNeil on the sidewalk near Kalakaua Avenue and Lewers Street at around 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Kaio then allegedly shot McNeil and fled up Lewers Street towards Kuhio Avenue.
McNeil was taken to the hospital by Honolulu EMS where he was pronounced dead.
Tiffany Rowland and her mother Tammy Bryant were staying at a nearby hotel when they said they heard what sounded like two gunshots.
“We heard the gunshot so we came downstairs, and we saw the ambulance they had it blocked off here and here, and then we saw the ambulance take the guy,” Rowland said. “Then they were coming up and down the block questioning people.”
Bryant said it was a busy Saturday night when the shooting happened.
The Waikiki Business Improvement District President and Executive Director Jennifer Nakayama said any kind of violence is a reason for concern, but the time and place of Saturday’s shooting was alarming.
She said police visibility is one way to reduce the chances of crime occurring.
“I think that there is a heightened awareness and an acknowledgment by the city, the mayor, as well as HPD,” Nakayama said. “And, and the businesses of Waikiki that know that this is an important thing as we welcome visitors back.”
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Police said criminal charges are still pending investigation.