Suspect in Ala Moana shooting charged with murder, bail set at $1M

Suspect in Ala Moana shooting charged with murder, bail set at $1M

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The suspect who allegedly shot a 20-year-old man at Ala Moana Center has been charged with second-degree murder, Honolulu police said Tuesday.

Kapono Joseph Miranda, 23, is accused of shooting 20-year old Alan Jennings in the parking lot outside of Lucky Strike Social early Sunday. Paramedics said Jennings was shot in the chest and taken in critical condition to a hospital, where he later died.

Miranda’s bail has been set at $1 million.

Cell phone video taken that night shows the victim had his hands up when a gun was pointed at him at close range.

When the gunman pulls the trigger, victim Alan Jennings can be seen turning to run.

The gunman then fires again, the video shows.

Jennings collapsed a short time later and died from a chest wound.

Hawaii News Now obtained the video and decided to release portions of it after witnesses reported that Jennings was not aggressive toward the alleged shooter.

Court documents show Miranda was trying to claim that he was the victim when police arrived on scene.

“You guys chasing the wrong guy," Miranda told officers after they located him.

The court documents also say Miranda had a bloody mouth from being punched by another man but told officers he had actually been shot.

Witnesses said the arguing started between the groups of men just before 1 a.m. Sunday and reportedly began with an issue of “stink eye”.

Alan Jennings at his 2017 graduation from Mililani High School
Alan Jennings at his 2017 graduation from Mililani High School (Source: Jennings family)

But the court documents and witnesses never describe Jennings as being part of the initial altercation.

Family members believe he was actually trying to diffuse the situation when he was shot.

“He never deserve to lose his life,” said Bubba Medeiros, Jennings’ brother-in-law.

Medeiros described the 2017 Mililani High School graduate as hard worker who always put family first.

“Twenty is too young,” Medeiros said.

He added that Jennings, of Waianae, recently started working at a food distribution company and often pulled double shifts to make extra money. Jennings was able to buy a car so he didn’t have to catch the bus.

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