Shooting rocks a Salt Lake neighborhood

Vance Montayre
Vance Montayre
Marilyn Waialae
Marilyn Waialae

By Leland Kim - bio | email

SALT LAKE (KHNL) - A shooting Monday morning at 10:56 am rocked a quiet Salt Lake neighborhood. Paramedics rush a 19-year-old man to the hospital in critical condition. Honolulu police officers are still looking for suspects.

"I don't know what to say," said Vance Montayre, a witness who lives next door to the victim. "I didn't think it would come to this, right here in my house, in my area."

As of Monday afternoon, police were still checking on leads. Nothing solid at this time.

The boom of a single gunshot pierces the calm morning air in this Salt Lake neighborhood. It rang out from this house on the 1,200-block of Hulakui Drive.

"I'm pretty shocked because this is a pretty quiet neighborhood," said Marilyn Waialae, a neighbor. "You just have working people and retired people living here. So hearing about a shooting here is pretty scary."

It happened just before 11 Monday morning. The next door neighbor says five young men with their faces covered up stormed the house.

"I guess this was predetermined that they were going to shoot this guy because they called him out of the house," said Montayre. "I guess they ran up the staircase, right into his home and shot him."

Some neighbors think this may be gang related. They say there's drug activity up this hill, past the house where the shooting happened.

"They put alphabets they put on their back windows and (the victim's) had "A" for Aliamanu, and they have battles with the Salt Lake gang," said Montayre. "They're all about the same age group. It's Aliamanu versus Salt Lake and it's ridiculous."

Police scoured the area, on foot and in the air. They even talked to people at nearby Aliamanu Park, but no luck so far. Police don't know if the suspects or the victim has gang ties.

Neighbors hope this doesn't signal a significant shift in how people deal with problems.

"My daughter is in her teens and she goes to the public school system around here, so I feel pretty worried about that," said Waialae.

"There's a big generation gap over here," said Montayre. "I guess the younger crowd is a bit more violent when we were kids."

Long time neighbors say they've never heard of any shootings in the 20-30 years they've lived here. if you have any information about this case, you are encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.