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Driver shot in Waikiki after getting into fight with suspects who had allegedly been following him

Published: Jun. 17, 2021 at 4:45 AM HST|Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 6:09 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A driver was shot after getting into a fight with two men who were allegedly following him in Waikiki, police sources and surveillance footage confirms.

The incident was one of several violent crimes on Oahu over the last 24 hours.

Police were also investigating a shooting late Wednesday in Makaha, a shooting in Nanakuli on Thursday afternoon and a stabbing in Kalihi that left two people seriously injured.

The Waikiki incident happened about 11 p.m. on Liliuokalani Avenue near the Ala Wai Canal.

The crime played out right in front of a surveillance camera.

Video shows an SUV pull to the side of Liliuokalani Avenue and a woman waiting near the curb get in.

A black SUV then stops behind them. A few seconds later, the driver of the first vehicle gets out ― along with the passenger of the second vehicle and a fist fight erupts in the street.

That’s when the driver of the black SUV gets out and pulls a gun. The video shows the suspect using it to pistol whip the victim before firing what witnesses say were two shots.

“At first I thought it was a firecracker,” said witness Jose Strauch. “Ten, 15 seconds later I heard another one with a scream.”

Officials say the 39-year-old victim was pistol whipped and and shot in the thigh.

Carlton Ramones, resident manager at Kon Tiki Apartments, says he awoke to tenants pounding on his door, screaming that someone had been shot.

“He was conscious. He was in pain. He was in pain,” Ramones said. “I got my flashlight and assisted the police department so they could cut his pants (and) ... get to the wound.”

Investigators believe the people involved in the crime knew each other. HPD sources say prior to the shooting, the black SUV had allegedly been following the victim.

Another surveillance camera shows the the getaway. The alleged shooter sped down Liliuokalani and turned on to Ala Wai.

So far, police have not made any arrests.

If you have any information on the shooting, you’re asked to call Honolulu Crimestoppers.

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