Suspects in Makiki shooting appear in court

Suspects in Makiki shooting appear in court
They are accused of four counts each of first and second-degree attempted murder after opening fire at a parking lot around 11 a.m. on Pesacola Street. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two people charged in last week’s shooting in Makiki appeared in court on Tuesday morning.

Blaeden Leech and Austen Lee have been charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder after opening fire at a parking lot around 11 a.m. on Pensacola Street.

In their court appearance, a judge confirmed their bail at $1 million.

Lee was arrested Saturday morning and Leech turned himself in Saturday night.

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The shooting prompted the lockdown of two area schools and closed streets in the area. An infant was sent to the hospital with minor injuries from flying glass.

In a news conference, Honolulu police said the shooting did not appear to be a random act. But it wasn’t clear why the victims were targeted ― or even if they were the actual targets.

“Investigators are trying to determine the motive of this afternoon’s incident,” said Capt. Gail Beckley, of HPD’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Police said the gunmen entered the lot and started firing, striking two vehicles ― a silver Lexus and an SUV.

There was no one in the Lexus, whose back window was riddled with bullet holes. But there were five people in the SUV, including the one year-old.

Paramedics treated the boy and took him to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children in stable condition. A man in the vehicle was treated at the scene for cuts.

Miraculously, no one was shot.

Witnesses said the incident unfolded over a matter of seconds.

“I heard shots ... five or six,” said Benjamin Ho, who works in the area. “At first, I didn’t realize it was a shooting.”

One witness, who asked that his name not be used because he’s concerned for his safety, said he saw two men approaching the lot and then heard gunshots.

A car was riddled with bullets after a shooting in Makiki on Thursday.
A car was riddled with bullets after a shooting in Makiki on Thursday. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

“I saw the same two guys run back here, past the First Hawaiian Bank."

“They definitely had it planned what they were going to do. They shot really fast. I saw them running off with a gun, tucking a gun in their hoodie."

A large police presence responded to the area following the shooting, and police searched for the suspect on the ground and by air. So far, they’ve made no arrests.

Kaahumanu Elementary and McKinley High were on lockdown into the afternoon.

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The entrance to Young Street from Piikoi Street was also shut down as police investigated.

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