Man killed after overnight shooting at Haleiwa Beach Park

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Honolulu police have opened a second degree murder investigation after an overnight shooting in Haleiwa.

EMS responded to Haleiwa Beach Park at about 12:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

A man in his 40s sustained a gunshot wound and was treated and transported to a hospital in critical condition. Police say he later died.

It’s the second Haleiwa shooting within a month. Both shootings taking place less than a half mile away from the other. 

The first one occurring at Haleiwa Joe’s on August 31. 

Nearby residents are now worried for their safety and the safety of their children.

One resident was driving home shortly after Saturday mornings shooting took place, but not allowed through. Police blocking off Kamehameha Highway from Haleiwa Beach Park to Surf N Sea to investigate. 

“This morning, when we were leaving for surfing, all the roads were blocked around Surf N Sea area, [we] couldn’t get through and went around the long way. We could see all the police cars around the Haleiwa Beach Park area,” the Haleiwa resident said. 

“You can tell something happened, and [I] kind of put it all together. I noticed that just before 1 a.m., our dog was barking and [I] didn’t really know what that was,” she said. 

At the scene this morning, a woman asking where the shooting happened. Telling KHON2 that she wanted to place flowers at the location where her nephew was shot.

She and other family members identifying the victim as 40-year-old Thomas McCandless. The aunt telling KHON2 that McCandless hung out at Haleiwa Beach Park often and leaves behind four children. She says her sister, the victims wife, is devastated. The aunt got word of what happened around 1 a.m. and too not allowed on the scene.

“[Police] didn’t give any answers like what was going on, [they] didn’t want you to approach the police man, he didn’t give any answers. We didn’t know if it was an accident or what was going on,” the Haleiwa resident said. 

The nearby resident says her kids heard the gun shots from the shooting on Aug. 31.

“I heard the shots, I was awake when they shot,” the teenager said.

“If you hear it, you’re close enough to be in possibly the line of fire,” the mother and resident said. 

“You can’t even let your kids go surfing by themselves without worrying if they’re going to make it to just the beach,” she said. “You shouldn’t have to worry about your kids crossing the street and having violent crimes happening on their way from point a to point b.”

Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, police arrested 22-year-old Kaden Kanae in connection with the shooting.

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