Moiliili, McCully residents on edge as police search for shooting suspect

Kira Vercruyssen
Kira Vercruyssen
Mike Wilhelm
Mike Wilhelm

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

MOILIILI, MCCULLY (KHNL) - Moiliili and McCully residents are on edge, as police continue searching for a suspect in a shooting that left a man critically injured. The incident spanned several areas in the two communities.

Police on Friday returned to the scene of the shooting to question area residents about what they saw.

Plain-clothes officers canvass a Moiliili neighborhood where multiple gunshots rang out Thursday night. Police say Zacheriah Eisenberg, 24, was shot twice, but managed to drive away.

"The fact that, you know, something like that happens so close to where I live is, is a little disturbing," Kira Vercruyssen, area resident, said.

Eisenberg told investigators a gunman got into his car at the corner of Kuilei Street and University Avenue, and ordered him to drive.

After the shooting, the suspect ran away while the victim, with gunshot wounds to his chest and hand, drove several blocks to Fern Street in McCully, where help arrived.

"I guess somebody had gotten shot over there, so I was kind of, when I found out about it, you know, I was kind of shocked that something happened over here cause it's a real quiet neighborhood," Mike Wilhelm, area resident, said.

Thursday night, officers on Kapiolani Boulevard took down a man they thought was a possible suspect. There was even blood on his face following the scuffle. But police say it turned out the man wasn't involved, and they released him after he refused medical treatment.

"I thought that they had found whoever, you know, there was a victim over there and they had found whoever did it," Wilhelm said. "But now that I know they didn't find whoever they were looking for, that does kind of concern me."

Area residents hope an arrest will come soon.

"It would mean a lot, yeah," Vercruyssen said. "And the fact that there are cops, you know, still around looking, it's reassuring. Yeah, I don't want people like that running around, especially right outside my house."

The case is classified as an attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery. If you have information that could help, call police.