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HPD investigating BB gun incident involving tour bus

AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu police are looking into a suspected BB gun shooting that's believed to have shattered a window on a tour bus along the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction just prior to the Radford pedestrian overpass on Saturday between 3 and 4 p.m.

Police say neither the passengers nor the 56-year-old driver of the Aloha Hawaii Tours bus were able to say if any vehicles were near or from where the shot may have originated. It's also possible it was fired from somewhere along the freeway, police say.

Authorities say the bus was traveling in the second inside lane when the driver heard a loud noise and crack, then noticed the damaged front passenger window.

After making sure the passengers were unharmed, she called police, and indicated that she believed it was a BB that may have caused the damage.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a 70-year-old woman from Guatemala suffered minor cuts to her leg from the glass shards that also got in her hair and on her clothes. Two men seated behind her said that they heard a "popping" sound like a weapon being fired just prior to the window damage.

The incident caused an estimated $1,000 in damage, and police have opened a first-degree criminal property damage case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

There have been a rash of BB gun shootings reported since September 22. The last incident was on September 29 when a mother reported that her son and some friends were shot at by someone in a dark colored car while walking home from school on Aiea Heights Drive near the 7-11 store. No one was injured.

Other recent incidents involved people being shot at in the back and hand and store front windows hit in Wahiawa.

This is the third vehicle targeted by BBs in recent weeks. On September 25, police say two vehicles were shot at and damaged near the Dole Plantation in Wahiawa.

Authorities believe it's just a matter of time before someone is killed or seriously hurt in one of these incidents. BBs can kill depending on the victim and injury location. Sometimes an incident can cause a traffic accident or worse, police say, a suspect carrying a replica weapon might draw fire from someone with a real gun.

Air-powered weapon enthusiasts are worried these criminal incidents will harm their image and use of the weapons that are primarily used for target practice shooting.

Honolulu police and CrimeStoppers have issued an award of up to $1,000 leading to an arrest in the cases that occurred between September 22 through 26.

It is illegal in Hawaii to possess or fire an air powered weapon like a BB or pellet gun on any public property, roadways, schools or within areas on your private property that may allow the projectile to escape your property.

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