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Exclusive: Pipeline Cafe Partner Talks About Shooting Outside Club

Chris Jewitt Chris Jewitt
Capt. Frank Fujii Capt. Frank Fujii

By Minna Sugimoto

KAKAAKO (KHNL) -- Violence erupts outside a Honolulu nightclub. One man is shot. Another, badly beaten.

Now, Honolulu police are on the hunt for suspects and a dark-colored SUV.

One of the nightclub's partners spoke exclusively to KHNL News 8 about the case.

Evidence specialists process a crime scene outside Pipeline Cafe in Kakaako. Police rushed to the area at about 3:40 am, and found a 27-year-old man shot in the leg and a 23-year-old man beaten unconscious.

"We've been here for eight years," Chris Jewitt, Pipeline Cafe, said. "And honestly, I don't know how to react to it 'cause it's such an isolated incident."

Investigators say a fight on the street between two groups ended with multiple gunshots being fired from a dark-colored SUV.

"As a city that has grown in population, you see more of that type of crime, not just in nightclubs but anywhere," Capt. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police Department, said. "It's just part of big city life."

But the incident troubles Jewitt, a partner at the popular nightclub.

"I don't think it's fair," he said. "I mean, we do our best to keep everybody safe. We have very strict training for our staff."

He says Pipeline doesn't condone such violence, and tries to be a good community member by hosting fundraisers for different causes.

"Everybody likes to look at the bad," Jewitt said. "We've done so much positive for this community. We love to give back."

Police are still looking for suspects.

"Any time you have intoxicants served at an area and there's a large volume of people, fights just, I think, are, come part of the business," Fujii said.

"It could have happened anywhere," Jewitt said. "It is a tragedy. It's just unfortunate it happened in front of our nightclub."

The victims were last reported to be in serious condition.

If you have any information about this case, call Honolulu police.

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