Police investigate Waianae shooting that left a father and son dead

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Honolulu police are looking for two suspects in a double homicide in Waianae that hat left a father and son dead.

The incident happened on Tuesday night, Jan. 14.

Police believe that the shooting was not an accident.

One member of the Kaleiopu family says they think Solomon Kaleiopu III was targeted and that his father was shot just because he was there.

Sixty-five-year-old Solomon Kaleiopu Jr. and his 39-year-old son Solomon Kaleiopu III were gunned down in the garage fronting their home in Waianae.

Police say they are looking for two suspects who were driving a black Toyota Tacoma.

“Reports were that just prior to the incident, a black truck parked near the scene and two suspects had gotten out of the truck, fired a number of shots into the carport of the residence and jumped back into the truck and fled,” said Maj. Walter Ozeki of the Honolulu Police Department.

Police say it looks like the Kaleiopus may have been targeted.

“It doesn’t appear that at this time it was random. It does seem like it was targeted but we don’t have specific information to substantiate it. I don’t think it was a random shooting,” said Maj. Ozeki.

KHON2 Reporter Jenn Boneza met with David Peterson, the cousin of Solomon Jr.

“This is a real shock for all of us,” said Peterson.

Peterson tells KHON that he believes the shooters were looking for Solomon Kaleiopu iii, who they call “Bay Boy.”

“Apparently the day before last night, he supposedly robbed a game room out there in Waianae. Immediately that was my first thought that’s got to do something with that,” said Peterson.

Peterson says Bay Boy had gotten into trouble with the law.

“Really after that, I think Bay Boy’s personal life was just spiraling out of control.”

Peterson says Solomon Kaleiopu Jr. was likely just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

 Courtesy Kawika Peterson

“Really this is senseless Solomon had never hurt anybody in his life.”

The shooting is still under investigation.

Sources say that a black Toyota fitting the description of the vehicle in the shooting was seized Wednesday afternoon in Waianae. The two people in the truck were brought in for unrelated warrants.

Police cannot confirm whether the two incidents are related.

Update: Medical Examiner officials confirm that the two victims in Tuesday night’s shooting have died.


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