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One dead, one critically wounded in stabbing at Pali Lanes bowling alley

Paulette Miyakawa Paulette Miyakawa
Harlan Bruce Kamekona Harlan Bruce Kamekona
Tina Haight Tina Haight
Capt. Richard Robinson Capt. Richard Robinson

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email 

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Windward Oahu bowling alley was rocked by gunfire and a knife attack that left one person dead and another critically wounded. Witnesses at Pali Lanes say a man stabbed his former girlfriend several times before turning the knife on himself.

Police say the suspect died from his self-inflicted injuries, while his ex remains in critical condition.

Bowlers, who found themselves in the middle of the violent drama, say it was like something out of a TV show.

A beloved bowling alley was sealed off with crime scene tape after a startling, bloody attack.

"Terrible," Paulette Miyakawa, witness, said. "I never thought I would see something like that."

Witnesses say Harlan Bruce Kamekona, 49, a convicted drug offender, stormed into Pali Lanes in Kailua and drew a gun on his former girlfriend, who was there with her Tuesday bowling league.

"He had her like in a headlock with the gun, you know, and he fired, but she moved so it missed," Miyakawa said. "Then he tried again and it misfired."

The victim, identified by fellow bowlers as Teresita Paulo, 38, scrambled to get away.

"He chased her all over the bowling alley and got her down behind the desk," Tina Haight, witness, said. "I threw two chairs at him. The second one dislodged the gun from his hand."

"I took the gun and I'm over there like where am I going to do it," Miyakawa said. "So I went behind a desk and threw it with all the shoes, where the shoes are."

But investigators say Kamekona also had a knife, and plunged it into his ex multiple times before turning it on himself.

"He was on his back, he rolled over and he started stabbing himself," Miyakawa said.

Haight tended to her friend until emergency crews arrived.

"She was getting weaker and weaker because she did lose a lot of blood," Haight said. "She had, you know, a few stabs on her back and her arm and her belly."

From throwing chairs to grabbing and hiding the gun, the female bowlers stepped it up.

"The patrons that were there did everything they could to try to intervene and help the situation," Capt. Richard Robinson, Honolulu Police Department, said.

"You know, we need to do something," Haight said. "I don't think anybody in the lanes were trying to be heroines or heroes."

Sources say officers recovered a 38 revolver and a filet knife.

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