Suspect identified in a Makiki shooting that killed an elderly woman

Elderly woman shot dead in Makiki; 74-year-old suspect arrested

MAKIKI, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -The end of Green Street in Makiki turned into a crime scene Saturday afternoon following a deadly shooting.

Yellow police tape cordoned off the area fronting a low-rise apartment building around 2:45 p.m.

On Sunday, police records identified the shooting suspect as 74-year-old Ernest G. Romero. Police say he turned himself in shortly after the shooting to the main police station.

Police taped off the end of the street to investigate the deadly shooting.
Police taped off the end of the street to investigate the deadly shooting.

Romero is accused of shooting and killing a 71-year-old woman. The 74-year-old victim has not yet been publicly identified by the Honolulu Medical Examiner.

EMS officials said the woman was shot multiple times. Witnesses reported hearing upwards of four to five shots.

“I thought it was firecrackers,” neighbor George Moses said. “At first it was one two ... then three, four more.”

Carlyne McGuire, who lives just a few houses down, was unloading groceries when the bullets were fired.

“I heard ‘pop, pop.’ And then ‘pop, pop, pop’ in succession. I was like, ‘oh that sounds like a gun shot’ and I was like, ‘Don’t open the door and look because somebody might be running around with a gun right?’" she said.

Moses did open his door and saw a woman on the ground.

McGuire added that when EMS arrived, they performed CPR on the victim for about 10 minutes before driving to the hospital.

Romero is facing second-degree murder charges along with firearms violations.

“This guy was kinda — we all knew he had a mental problem, but we didn’t know he had a gun,” Moses added.

Police were at the scene of the shooting Saturday afternoon.
Police were at the scene of the shooting Saturday afternoon. (Source: HNN)

A second person was shot at, but they were not hit by any of the bullets, HPD added.

The relationship of those involved is still unclear, though neighbors told Hawaii News Now the suspect and the victim both lived at the apartment building as neighbors.

This story will be updated.

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