5 pellet gun incidents reported in Wahiawa, Pearl City; School beefs up security

5 pellet gun incidents reported in Wahiawa, Pearl City; School beefs up security
Image source: @u_got_mel/Instagram
Image source: @u_got_mel/Instagram

PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A series of pellet gun crimes in Wahiawa and Pearl City has residents worried, police investigating, and a school adding security.

Travis Nakamura was doing the dishes Tuesday afternoon when he looked out his kitchen window and saw a green Toyota pull up to his Pearl City home.

"Car just came down our street, stopped in the middle of the road, the windows came down and suddenly a gun came out."

It was a pellet gun.  The passenger fired at Nakamura's two dogs which were inside the chain link fence.

"I ran outside to chase those guys away," he says.

Nakamura couldn't catch up to the car as it sped down Noelani Street.

Just minutes later and less than a mile away, a 14-year old boy at the bus stop fronting Pearl City Highlands Intermediate School was shot by a pellet gun fired from a passing car.

The victim's mother posted a picture on Instagram.  You can see the hole in his back and the blood on his shirt. Honolulu Police are investigating that case as a second-degree assault.

"The fact that someone would do something like this is very concerning and very saddening at the same time," says Mahea Nakamura, who can't understand why anyone would fire a pellet gun at people or pets.

The Nakamuras says their dogs have never gotten out of the chain link fence and have never attacked anyone. They do bark as cars go by.

"They're very protective, so it is their initial instinct to bark when somebody stops in front of the house, or when people walk by, but they're doing their job they're protecting us and their family," says Mahea Nakamura.

Pearl City Highlands Intermediate did add security before and after school near the front of the school.

Here is a complete list of all the recent pellet gun incidents:

From September 22 through 26, 2015, there have been five incidents reported involving BB guns in the Wahiawa and Pearl City areas.

  • On September 22, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a juvenile male was sitting at a bus stop on Hoolaulea Street when he was injured by a BB gun.
  • On September 24, at approximately 7:55 p.m., a man was standing in a parking lot on North Kamehameha Highway when he felt pain on his left hand. Upon checking, he found that he had been shot with a BB gun and went to seek medical treatment.
  • On September 25, at approximately 8:45 a.m., two incidents occurred near the Dole Plantation while the victims were driving. One driver had damage to his rear passenger door, and the other driver’s rear window was shattered by a shot from a BB gun.
  • On September 26, at approximately 11:25 a.m., the front window of a business on Kilani Avenue was damaged due to a BB gun shot.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on your cellular phone.

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