Honolulu police report Sunday that a 25-year-old man suspected of being involved in a BB gun shooting that hit several teenage victims in Makiki Friday afternoon is no longer in custody.
Justin Perry Souvana was booked on suspicion of second-degree assault and charged with hindering prosecution in the second degree. He posted his $2,000 bail about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
The incident occurred at around 12:30 p.m. Friday on Piikoi Street between Wilder Avenue and Mott Smith Drive.
According to Emergency Medical Services, a 15-year-old boy was treated for a wound to the upper torso and taken to the emergency room in stable condition. Four others didn’t require medical attention.
KHON2 spoke to two witnesses who said they got a good look at the two suspects.
They said the victims were just sitting along a fence when a white van started to slow down and fired off about five shots, then took off.
Jovie Domingo was walking with a coworker on Piikoi Street. They heard five quick shots from what they believe was a BB gun aimed at several teenagers just a few feet away.
“It happened so fast,” Domingo said. “I basically just saw the passenger side, just got up on his door and just started shooting at the kids back there.”
Mary Bagasol saw the gun pointed out the window. “Yes, it was black. It looked like a handgun,” she said. “I was trying to hear if it was a real gun, but it was just a BB gun going pop, pop, pop.”
The witnesses said the suspects were men, possibly in their late 20s, and were not wearing shirts. They did not catch the van’s license plate.
Shortly after the shooting, police pulled over a man in a white van in the Ala Moana area. Witnesses and victims were brought over to see if they could identify him as one of the suspects.
Just down the road, parents at Roosevelt High School were waiting to pick up their kids from school.
Everyone we spoke with said this latest incident hits too close to home.
“For these kids to be targeted, it’s really terrible,” said parent Etimani Alafaele. “Whoever is doing it doesn’t have common sense about it. What if it was your relative that you’re shooting at or what if someone was doing it to your family? How would you feel about it?”
“To know this is happening, it scares me and now I’ve got to keep on looking over my shoulders and telling her she has to check around her to make sure she’s not being followed around by a passerby or cars or whatever the matter may be, so yes, it’s very scary,” said parent Ann Stephen.
“It makes me scared,” said parent Kelly Otter. “I can’t believe it’s happening in this location and it’s hard to keep an eye on your kids, especially when they’re teenagers.”
The Department of Education says Roosevelt High School received a call from police informing the school of the incident, and that the victims could be Roosevelt students. However, as of 5 p.m., the school still did not know who the youth were.
Police say Friday’s incident is the latest in a series of shootings currently under investigation that involve suspected BB or pellet guns.
Capt. John McCarthy, Criminal Investigation Division, said there are a total of 18 cases, with six of them involving injuries.
“As far as we know, the injuries are minor. So far, we’ve been very fortunate in that we haven’t had severe injuries, but when you think about the possibilities, it can be pretty severe,” he said. “The cases have been classified according to the circumstances. They can range anywhere from misdemeanor property damage cases to felony assault or felony property damage or even felony reckless endangering,” along with assault in cases resulting in injuries.
McCarthy said some of the cases may be connected, but police believe there are several, unrelated suspects.
He urged the public to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.
“If you’re driving, when you’re walking, wherever you are, look for things that are out of the ordinary,” he said. “If anything looks suspicious, cars that are slowing down when they shouldn’t be, cars that are cruising in parking lots late at night, people at the side of freeway when they shouldn’t be…
“We still need the public’s help. Bottom line is we can’t be everywhere all the time, so we need people to see things and to let us know what’s going on, so it’s kind of a civic responsibility. They need to let us know,” McCarthy added.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.