HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police are investigating a shooting in Haleiwa over the weekend that left a man dead.
The victim has been identified as 40-year-old Thomas McCandless.
Police say McCandless was shot in front of his two young children near Haleiwa Beach Park.
It happened around 12:45 a.m. Saturday, and forced the closure of Kamehameha Highway near the park for several hours. The highway has since been reopened.
Honolulu Emergency Services says when paramedics arrived on the scene they performed advanced life support, and transferred McCandless to the hospital in critical condition. Police report that he later died.
By 6:30 a.m. police said they arrested a 22-year-old male suspect in connection with the crime. Sources identified the suspect as Kaden Kanae, who has a lengthy criminal record including drug and firearms charges as well as theft and robbery.
Kanae was charged with second-degree murder and several other fire arms charges. He is being held on $1 million bail.
“The community is quite alarmed and I am sure there is some level of fear because of weapons being used,” Honolulu City councilman Ernie Martin, who represents part of the North Shore, said.
Homicide detectives were in the same area just one month ago when 26-year-old Dustin Young-Toledo and 37-year-old Victor Toledo were shot and killed outside Haleiwa Joe’s.
In the Aug. 31 shooting, 20-year-old Keoni Adric was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder but was released pending an investigation.
“I was very disappointed to hear about the second incident. If it is related to the first incident, of course it is of grave concern. You know it is very unfortunate that this has escalated further,” Martin added.
Martin and police couldn’t speak to the connection the two shootings may have, but McCandless' family says the victim was friends with the Toledos and believe that’s why he was killed.
There’s no official information tying him to the August 31st shooting, or to Keoni Adric.
“It’s very unfortunate that it has come this far. I am hopeful that it’s the end of this particular cycle,” Martin said.
Martin added that he’s confident HPD will work to resolve any standing conflict that may exist, but is also asking for his community to stand against violence in Haleiwa.
If you have information, you’re asked to call crime-stoppers at 955-8300 where you can leave a tip and remain completely anonymous.
Additional details are still developing. This story will be updated.