Man Gunned Down in Downtown Honolulu

Alan Germain
Alan Germain
Dolores Mollring
Dolores Mollring
Nuuanu Avenue
Nuuanu Avenue

July 3, 2006 09:48 AM

(KHNL) -- Neighbors say it was a turf war between two pimps.

A 24-year old man was gunned down in the middle of Downtown Honolulu late Saturday night.

The victim, identified as 24-year old Daniel Trulove, and his older brother approached a prostitute and got into an argument with a group of men. The two tried to run away, but only one would survive.

"Our security guard who heard it, he just dove for cover," said Dolores Mollring, who lives on Nuuanu Avenue. "He said it just sounded like a cannon shot -- boom, boom, boom."

Alan Germain also lives nearby. He was sleeping, but woke up to the noise that sounded like fireworks. He looked out his window and saw a guy lying in the street.

"The first thing i thought of was it has to be related to all the prostitution and illegal activity that happens on this back road," said Germain.

Residents say prostitutes walk the streets 24-hours a day. They say the most frustrating part is police haven't done anything about it.

"It wouldn't take Columbo," said Germain. "It's so obvious. It's blatant. It's in the middle of the day and really, it's just disgusting."

Mollring is a member of the neighborhood board, and chair of the citizen's patrol. She walks the streets every Tuesday, informing police of any illegal activity. She says prostitues constantly rotate in and out of the area.

"Kukui Street is very profitable for prostitution," said Mollring. "It has increased because the demand has increased. If there wasn't a demand, we wouldn't have a single prostitute there."

Germain says the evidence in the street is clear -- used condoms, little drug baggies, drug paraphernalia.

"It's become very unpleasant and very dangerous obviously," he said.

Police recovered a gun and shell casings. No arrests have been made yet. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.