Exclusive: mother of teen shooting victim worried as gunman still at large

Germinda Patacsil
Germinda Patacsil

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

AIEA (KHNL) - Afraid for her child's safety, the mother of a teenaged shooting victim hopes you can help Honolulu police identify a suspect in the case.

Germinda Patacsil says her 16-year-old son is improving after being shot in the shoulder.

In a house full of kids, one child is missing. The 16-year-old boy's siblings and cousins wait at home, as he recovers from a gunshot wound in the Queen's Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit.

"I hope they can find that guy who shot my son. That's it," Germinda Patacsil, victim's mother, said. "I worry about him right now."

She says her son left a party in Kalihi early Wednesday morning. He was a passenger in a car headed west on Moanalua Freeway, when three vehicles pulled up alongside. Police say a passenger in one of them donned a mask, and fired at least four shots.

Patacsil was called to the hospital at about 2 am. She says doctors performed emergency surgery to remove a bullet lodged near the teenager's spine.

"I feel bad because what happened with my son," she said.

Investigators don't believe this was a random shooting.

With the gunman still on the loose, Patacsil says she's unable to sleep, still afraid for her child's safety.

"I have to go sleep already. I don't feel good right now," she said. "I hope they catch the person who did to my son that one."

Investigators are looking into whether there's a connection between this shooting and one that happened earlier this month. If you have any information that could help, call Honolulu police.