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Suspect in deadly shooting rampage makes first court appearance

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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man accused of going on a shooting rampage on Oahu's roadways Friday, leaving one person dead and two others injured, made his initial appearance at Honolulu District Court Monday.

Toby Stangel, 28, wasn't required to enter a plea or say anything during the brief hearing. Members of his family's church watched from the gallery.

The suspect's bail is set at $5 million, which is among the highest amounts Oahu has seen.

The man accused of committing inexplicable acts of violence against innocent people walked into the courtroom bare footed, wearing a paper jumpsuit, and in full shackles.

"How did he look to you?" this reporter asked.

"Terrible," Robert Prasser, Stangel family friend, said. "I mean, he's in custody, whatever happened prior to the incident, and he's been in the cellblock all weekend. I wouldn't wish that on anybody."

Stangel is charged with 15 felonies, including murder, attempted murder and firearms offenses.

He allegedly sprayed bullets at three separate locations stretching from Kapahulu to Aiea Friday morning. Investigators say multiple motorists and police officers were fired upon during the 15-minute rampage.

Tammy Nguyen -- a Palolo wife and mother of 10, who had just picked up her 16-year-old daughter from work -- was killed.

Samson Naupoto and Amy Asuncion are recovering from their gunshot wounds.

"If I had personal knowledge of what Toby was going through, I'm pretty much an open book. I'd share it with you," Prasser said. "But it sure seems, just judging by the way he looks right now in court, that he needs some type of help."

According to court documents, when the suspected gunman finally pulled his car over on the H-1 Freeway near the Kaamilo Street overpass, police discovered "on the driver's side floor board a knife in a sheath, a gun magazine, and bullets scattered on the seat and floor board."

A silver handgun was located on the ground on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Stangel's supporters at court included his girlfriend. His father, North Shore Christian Fellowship senior pastor Mike Stangel, was in California for a pastors conference at the time of the shootings, and has been encouraged by church members to remain there for the time being.

"He's meeting with other senior pastors in the Calvary Chapel pastors movement," Prasser said. "This was a planned conference. We really thought it would be good for him to get support from all of his fellow pastors at this time."

A preliminary hearing will be held Wednesday, unless an Oahu grand jury indicts him before then.

Meanwhile, the Tammy Nguyen Memorial Fund has been established to help pay for her funeral expenses. You can drop off a donation at any Bank of Hawaii branch.

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