‘I felt helpless’: Nephew says uncle fired 3 rounds in Ewa Beach shooting

EMS, police were on scene Wednesday afternoon near Kauiki Street in Ewa Beach.
EMS, police were on scene Wednesday afternoon near Kauiki Street in Ewa Beach.(Hawaii News Now)
Updated: Jun. 24, 2020 at 5:05 PM HST
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EWA BEACH, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police, including personnel with the Specialized Services Division, responded to a shooting and subsequent barricade in Ewa Beach on Wednesday.

Police closed Kauiki Street by Haiamu Street just before 3 p.m. due to an “ongoing police investigation.” Other side streets were also shut down.

Police say a suspect barricaded himself in a home after he opened fire. He suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

EMS officials said the 53-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition with a gunshot wound to his right knee. Two other women were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Alvin James Apuia is a nephew of the suspect who allegedly fired the shots. He said he was cooking for his aunt when things suddenly grew tense.

“It was just like a regular day,” Apuia said. “My uncle came out and said that he wanted to talk to her. So he started banging on the door. That’s when I heard gunshots. Three. Boom, boom, boom.”

“My first instincts were to get out. Get out of the house. Then I saw my grandma. My aunty was inside the room still yet. So he was shooting through the room,” he added.

Apuia said he ran to call for help. He wasn’t sure at the time if anyone was hit by any of the bullets.

Apuia said his uncle shot himself in the leg.

“We were all waiting outside just praying,” he added . “That moment of panic, I felt helpless. Can’t do anything but stand by and watch.”

Authorities remained on scene for over an hour after the incident. Roads in the area have reopened.

Details are developing. This story will be updated.

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