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Search for possible gunman in Kapolei called off; no injuries reported

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Recent shootings around the country were fresh in the minds of office workers in Kapolei on Tuesday.

Workers found themselves hiding in their offices as heavily armed officers searched for a reported gunman.

"So I passed him, as soon as I looked down, I seen a gun on the side of his pocket. So I'm thinking to myself, oh my god this is crazy," said Gerald Tandal.

The mortgage specialist is convinced that man he saw in the Kamokila Boulevard office building was a threat.

He says he told his co-workers to stay put and he called police.

"But I was thinking to myself, well you know, if I can save at least one life then I'm happy," he said.

"But I'm glad. I hope I saved our building from any disastrous thing that could have happened."

Thankfully nothing did happen. 

Police never found a gunman.

But after seeing so much violence on the news lately, Tandal wasn't taking any chances.

According to shootingtracker.com, there have been 116 mass shootings in America so far this year.

On Tuesday, more shots fired in Oregon.

The site everytown.org claims it is the 74th school shooting since the massacre at Newtown in 2012.

"The country has to do some soul searching about this," said President Obama in Washington D.C.

"Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There's no advanced, developed country on earth that would put up with this," Obama said.

Hawaii's worst mass shooting came in 1999. Byran Uyesugi killed seven of his co-workers at the Xerox building.  He is serving a life term.    

"With everything that's going on, with all the shooting that's going around and stuff, I mean you can never be too careful," Tandal said.

[original story]

 Police have called off their search for a man with a gun following more than an hour of searching a building in Kapolei Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after 2 p.m., witnesses reported seeing an armed man pacing back and forth on the third floor of a building on Kamokila Boulevard. 

At the time, several people remained inside the office where the suspect was believed to be, and police immediately surrounded the location at 1001 Kamokila Blvd.

An all-points-bulletin was issued for a suspect with the following description:

Race: Caucasian
Age: Early 40s 
Weight: 160 lbs.
Height: 5' 8"
Hair: Shoulder length, brown
Clothes: Khaki pants, plaid shirt

Manawai and Haumea Roads were shut down as authorities used a master key to inspect every office. No suspect was found, and the search was called off after 3 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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