'Surreal’: Shooting that left father and son dead rocks close-knit Waianae community

Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 8:07 AM HST
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WAIANAE, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - An islandwide manhunt is underway for two suspects following a shooting in Waianae late Tuesday that killed an elderly man and his adult son.

Police Lt. Walter Ozeki, of HPD’s Criminal Investigation Division, told reporters the suspects were in a black Toyota Tacoma pickup when they rolled up to a home on Kepauala Place about 9 p.m. Tuesday, got out and started shooting at the victims.

“The two suspects had gotten out of the truck and fired a number of shots,” Ozeki said.

The medical examiner identified the victims as 65-year-old Solomon Kaleiopu Jr. and his 39-year-old son Solomon Kaleiopu III. They were reportedly in an open carport at the home when it happened.

Ozeki said the shooting doesn’t appear to be random. “It does seem like it was targeted,” he added.

But detectives didn’t say why.

On Wednesday morning, Hawaii News Now cameras captured police surrounding a black Toyota Tacoma pickup in Waianae and arresting its two occupants.

Ozeki said the two were arrested for unrelated offenses "so as far as we know right now we can not connect them to the incident that happened last night. But it is still early in the investigation.”

He added ammunition was discovered in the vehicle.

According to arrest logs, a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were taken into custody at Waianae District Park. Police were not able to say whether they were suspects in the murders.

The woman was being held on an ammunition charge.

Neighbors said the shooting has rocked the community.

“I was in my house at was at home and then next thing you know, we heard the shots," said resident Marlin Ocampo, who has lived in the community his whole life.

"We knew it wasn’t fireworks. We knew somebody got shot, and when we walked out there, we saw the two guys got shot — one shot in the chest and one shot like, looked like in the neck.”

He said the shooting is all the more concerning given a spate of violent crimes on Oahu in recent months.

“A lot of stuff has been happening,” he said. “You just got to be aware of your surroundings now matter what it is. Innocent bystanders can get hurt.”

Another resident, who asked not to be identified, said the father and son who died “weren’t just neighbors to us. They were family.”

“It’s shocking. It just seems like it’s surreal. You don’t want to believe it’s happening so close to home,” the resident said.

“There is nothing that is worth taking not just one life but two. I just think that our community has to come together against all the ugliness that is going on around here."

This story will be updated.

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