Man charged in Waianae shooting pleads not guilty during initial court appearance

Brian Magsayo makes his initial court appearance (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Brian Magsayo makes his initial court appearance (Image: Hawaii News Now)

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man suspected in an apparent shooting outside a KFC restaurant in Waianae late Saturday night has been charged.

Police say 45-year-old Brian Magsayo was charged with one count of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, six counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and several other firearm-related charges.

He made his initial court appearance on Wednesday when he pleaded not guilty.

Police say Magsayo was initially arrested Sunday night for a separate incident but after further investigation, they found he was also involved in Saturday's shooting.

Authorities say the incident happened on Saturday night when Magsayo walked into the KFC restaurant off Kaupuni Street at around 10 p.m. Saturday and exchanged words with at least one of the victims, who was inside at the time. It is not yet known whether the suspect and either of the victims knew each other prior to the incident.

A short while later, when the victims attempted to leave the scene in a vehicle, the suspect pulled out a gun and fired at the car twice, according to police. Photos from the scene of the shooting show a vehicle with an apparent bullet hole in the windshield.

The rear window of the car was completely shattered in the incident.

One victim, a 19-year-old male, sustained a gunshot wound to his shoulder, police say. A 20-year-old female victim was treated for a minor injury to her ear and was listed in stable condition.

While neither of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, area lawmakers say incidents like Saturday's underscore the need for more police officers along the Waianae Coast.

"I think that's the goal with increased police presence, is that we will have enough presence in the district that will deter criminals from actually engaging in these kinds of illegal activities," said Rep. Cedric Gates, who represents Waianae and Makaha.

On Wednesday – just days before the shooting – Gates helped pass a resolution calling for more cops across Oahu's high-crime neighborhoods, including several along the Leeward Coast, where coverage can be limited.

"Even if it was a random act, it's about the response time for HPD to get there," said Rep. Gates. "Right now, we roughly have about 5 officers on the beat at any given time, spread across a roughly 10 to 12 mile coastline. To get there in a timely manner doesn't seem too practical for me."

The issue, Gates says, is not the quality of the police work being done in his district. Moreso, it's about funding issues that prevent the department from adequately staffing an area where Gates says crime can happen at 'alarming' rates.

"What we're hoping for is when this increased police presence occurs, we will have more timely service, and people will rely on HPD to address all of these criminal activities within the community," said Rep. Gates. "That's what we all want for our communities, is for us to be able to rest with peace of mind."

This story will be updated.

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