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Dramatic video, startling eyewitness accounts of Ala Wai deadly shooting

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Peter Kosh was jolted awake by the sound of squealing tires. Peter Kosh was jolted awake by the sound of squealing tires.
Daylin Pelletier captured video of the scene on his iPhone. Daylin Pelletier captured video of the scene on his iPhone.
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Residents living along the Ala Wai were startled out of bed by the sound of screeching tires and gunfire. Neighbors describe this morning's scene as chaotic and surreal-- as a car chase that ended in a deadly shooting unfolded right before their eyes. 

From 37 floors up, Peter Kosh was jolted awake by the sound of squealing tires. 

"It was loud, it was very loud. It sounded like rubber, the tires were spinning and burning rubber, but it didn't seem like it was moving. I thought it was a car chase," said Kosh. 

He and his wife went out to their lanai, just as shots began ringing out.

"You never know where the bullets are going to go – so I pushed her off the lanai and we went back in," said Kosh. 

Jim Gould also jumped out of bed at the sound of gunshots. 

"I thought it was firecrackers," said Gould, before describing the noise it made. "Bam, bam, bam, bam, bam!"

Another man was walking his dog when chaos erupted around him. 

"He was just going back and forth-- I mean just hitting the cruiser and hitting the other cars, but he had nowhere to go. He had nowhere to go."

The man asked to not be identified because he doesn't think officers should have responded with deadly force. 

"There was no other way to stop that vehicle? I mean were they really that in danger?" he questioned. "I totally thought it was wrong, I thought it was uncalled for, I didn't think they should shoot him."  

William, another resident living along Ala Wai Blvd., also watched it all unfold from his balcony. 

"The truck was flooring the gas hitting the car in front, hitting the car in the back, hitting the car in the front—dude, he must've gone back and forth like Donkey Kong, like ten times, man. I was like you gotta be kidding me!" described William. 

Even though he says everything happened very quickly, he believes the police kept a dangerous situation from getting worse. 

"I think they acted appropriately because the vehicle was a weapon," said William, before adding -- "Anyone could've been walking down here and gotten killed at that moment. It was that bizarre."

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