Illegal gaming operation busted in Chinatown

Capt. Jerry Inouye
Capt. Jerry Inouye

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police busted an illegal gambling operation in Chinatown Thursday night. They seized a dozen machines from a room on North King Street. Investigators were at the scene all most of the night.

They say people aren't cooperating. Police were even having a hard time trying to find out who owns or leases the room. The illegal gambling operation's cover-up was blown, after people reported hearing gunshots.

"I don't know what happened. They just put me in handcuffs. That's it. They just wanted to detain me. That's it" said "Jack".

He was one of at least seven people police handcuffed Thursday evening in Chinatown, and then released.

"It was possibly people who were on the scene at the time of the officer's arrival and for their safety because they don't know whether or not there was any gunfire that they secured those people" said Captain Jerry Inouye of the Honolulu Police Narcotics Division.

Police say around 5:30 PM, they got calls about shots fired coming out of a building on North King Street. Officers found 12 electronic gambling machines, in the room above a watch repair store.

Everyone on scene was keeping tight-lipped. When patrol officers entered, no one was willing to admit that there was any kind of shooting or robbery.

So far no arrests have been made. Investigators have not found any evidence to point out that there were any gunshots fired so for now, it's being classified as an illegal gambling case.

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