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Honolulu Shooting Spree: One Dead, 2 Injured, Suspect Arrested

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By Wendy Osher

Honolulu Police Department, file photo by Wendy Osher.

A 54-year-old woman died of injuries suffered in the overnight shooting spree in Honolulu, and two others are hospitalized with injuries according to Honolulu Police. The identity of the victim is pending release from the Honolulu Medical Examiner.

Authorities arrested a 28-year-old Honolulu man in connection with the incident.  The suspect faces multiple charges including several counts of first degree attempted murder and firearms charges.

The suspect, who had five previous misdemeanor convictions, was using a semi-automatic handgun that was unregistered, according to police. Authorities recovered the weapon, as well as the 2002 BMW vehicle that the suspect was driving.


The incident began at 12:43 a.m. and spanned 15 minutes, beginning near the Kapahulu/Kapiolani intersection, and continuing to Aiea, according to Honolulu Police.

Maj. Richard Robinson, with the Honolulu Police Department provided a detailed timeline of the morning events during the press conference broadcast this morning on Hawaii News Now and other media outlets.

  • 12:43 a.m.: Authorities say the suspect pulled up behind vehicles stopped near the Kapiolani/Kapahulu intersection. He approached on foot, opening fire on two vehicles, according to police.  The driver of the first vehicle, a 21-year-old male was uninjured, according to Honolulu Police. The driver of the second vehicle, a 54-year-old female was struck and was transported to the hospital in critical condition, but later died of her injuries.  The passenger of the second vehicle, a 16-year-old female, was uninjured.
  • About 10 minutes later, at H-1 West between the Houghtailing and Likelike off-ramps, a 24-year-old female was driving in a vehicle when she was struck from behind, according to police.  Police say the suspect then pulled up next to her, and opened fire on her, striking the woman–who was listed in critical, but stable condition this morning.  A 38-year-old male who was driving by in a separate vehicle was also shot and transported to the hospital in serious condition, according to police.
  • 12:58 a.m.:  The suspect proceeded to the Maunaloa Freeway West bound, where multiple police officers were stopped and responding to a separate, unrelated traffic incident near the Aiea off-ramp, according to authorities.  Police say the suspect drove by slowly, and opened fire on two officers. No one was injured at that scene.
  • Approximately 1 a.m.:  The suspect was located, stopped on the side of the road on H-1 West at the Kaamilo overpass, and was taken into custody without incident, according to Honolulu Police.

An ongoing police investigation resulted in multiple road closures and heavy traffic in Honolulu this morning.  Authorities said the motive is unknown at this time.



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