Woman dies from injuries in Whitmore Village shooting

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HONOLULU (KHON2) —   As of January 12, 2020, the Honolulu Medical examiner confirmed the death of a woman who was shot in Whitmore Village.

The incident happened on Saturday, January 11.

Her identity has not yet been released.

An attempted murder investigation is underway after a woman was shot in a farm area near Whitmore Village around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police say the suspect is still at large.

According to police, the victim called her friend around 8:25 a.m. and said that she was in an argument with someone. She told her friend she was on a farm road off of Kamehameha Highway on the Haleiwa side of Whitmore Village.

Police said the friend stayed on the line.

“The friend is on the phone and hears what sounds like two vehicles getting into a car accident and also a gunshot,” said Lt. Deena Thoemmes, HPD homicide division. “The friend is able to locate the victim who is still in her vehicle. She sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.”

EMS officials say a woman in her 30s had a gunshot wound. She was treated and taken to a hospital in critical condition.

At the time of the interview with police, Lt. Thoemmes said the woman was in “extremely critical condition.”

Police also said the two might have known one another.

“It appears she did by the preliminary information that we have, but we can’t say for sure,” Lt. Thoemmes said.

She said there were two vehicles left at the scene.

“One, preliminary, shows it may belong to the suspect so at this point we don’t have any information to give as far as assistance in apprehending the suspect, but if the public has any information that we may not be aware of please call us,” Lt. Thoemmes said.

The land the woman was shot on is owned by the state’s Agribusiness Development Corporation.

Last month, KHON2 spoke to a man whose car was stolen and brought to the area. He showed photos and said the land was being used as a massive chop shop. 

Area lawmakers said they’ve heard of other criminal activity happening there as well.

“Because it’s kind of out of sight we see an increasing level of criminal activity in some of these areas,” said Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz (D) – Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village.

He said the majority of the state’s vacant ag land isn’t regularly monitored.

“I have a bill drafted for this coming session to create a law enforcement division within the Department of Ag so they can be proactive,” he explained.

He said it would be similar to a DOCARE for the DLNR.

“That way there’s some continuous presence and they could partner with HPD when it seems like the situation requires their assistance,” he said.

“We really need something to help farmers and help make sure ag lands are safe,” Sen. Dela Cruz said.

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