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Motorcyclist arrested after road rage incident, shooting

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HPD Capt. Dagan Tsuchida HPD Capt. Dagan Tsuchida
Stephen Young Stephen Young
Brandon Abiva, 21 Brandon Abiva, 21
WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A driver got into a confrontation with some motorcyclists Wednesday afternoon which eventually led to shots being fired in Waimanalo.

According to police, a woman driving along the H-3 Freeway got into a confrontation with at least three motorcyclists at around 4 p.m.

"The driver of the car apparently called some family members and was giving them updates on her location driving towards Waimanalo," said Honolulu Police Capt. Dagan Tsuchida.

Two male members of the woman's family and the motorcyclists met up in Kalanianaole Highway between Ehukai and Hinalea Streets. Investigators said the resulting confrontation may have been physical.

"Apparently one of the motorcyclists produced a handgun and fired two shots in the direction of the person he was fighting with," said Tsuchida, who added that the shots were fired into the ground.

A longtime Waimanalo resident said he saw the shots being fired.

"I knew what he had," said Stephen Young. "You know, he reached in his bag, and you know what this guy is reaching for, he's not reaching for a hammer or anything. You know he must have a gun."

The three motorcyclists then left the area.

"They took off, they head down the road and I guess they got out of Waimanalo in a faster way," said Young. "They knew what was going happen."

"After that the responding officers locating the motorcyclists on Kalanianaole Highway near Keolu," said Tsuchida. "The motorcyclists were stopped in traffic. They couldn't go anywhere, so the officers parked their vehicles and got out in an attempt to apprehend the suspects, and at a slow speed, trying to maneuver through traffic, the motorcyclists just scraped the officer's vehicles."

No one was hurt, said Tsuchida. The officers were able to apprehend the suspected shooter, who tried to flee on foot. The two other motorcyclists left the scene. Officers searched Maunawili and Kapaa Quarry Road, but were unable to find them.

21-year-old Brandon Abiva remains in custody Thursday night, but he has not yet been charged. He faces charges of first-degree terroristic threatening, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

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