KALAHEO, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kauai woman said she believes it's a miracle that she and her husband survived a shooting at their Kalaheo home. Alan and Carlene Barber have lived across the street from the alleged gunman for several years. They weren't hurt in the attack, but police said the 67-year-old suspect died after turning the gun on himself.
The couple had just returned home from the store at about 4:15 p.m. on Saturday when Alan spotted William Ray Seibert.
"We were taking stuff out of the car and my husband saw him coming across the road with a pistol in his hand," recalled Carlene Barber. "He hollered at me to hurry up and get inside. I got inside, shut the door, and then the bullets started flying."
"We were standing by my brother's truck, having a chat. Then we heard six to seven gunshots and my brother looked up and we seen someone drop on the doorstep," said witness Lance Jardin.
The Barber's weren't hurt, but police said the suspect died after shooting himself.
"I think they were here rather quickly, but it didn't seem like it to us, especially when bullets are coming through your door," said Barber.
The house is next to a church where Alan serves as pastor. Carlene is a science teacher at Waimea High School. Barber said she didn't know what sparked the surprise attack.
"He was pretty much nice all the time. He would come over to help my husband sometimes, and I don't know, I just don't know why, what happened," said Barber. "We are still on edge, still fearful. It'll just take time, but physically, we are ok. Emotionally, we are still traumatized."
According to Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center records, Seibert has six prior convictions in Hawaii from 1969 to 1988. The charges include assault and harassment. His family declined to comment on the shooting.
A 59-year-old neighbor who saw the violence suffered a heart attack. A county official said he is now at the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.