Gunman in fatal late-night shooting in Waipahu remains on the run

It happened just after 11 p.m. on Honowai Street near Kiolena Place.
Published: Feb. 14, 2022 at 4:35 AM HST|Updated: Feb. 14, 2022 at 6:59 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An argument in the street outside a Waipahu elementary school Sunday night ended with a man dead and a gunman on the run.

It happened just after 11 p.m. on Honowai Street near Kiolena Place.

According to Honolulu Police Lt. Deena Thoemmes, “The victim was socializing with friends fronting Honowai Neighborhood Park.”

Investigators say the suspected shooter was in the neighborhood picking up a woman.

“As the suspect was driving away he rolled down his window and exchanged words with the victim and his friends,” Thoemmes told reporters Monday. “The suspect then stopped his vehicle, exited and continued to argue with the victim. The argument escalated when the suspect shot the victim.”

Sirens prompted neighbors to go outside.

“We seen a lot of cops both sides (of the road). And they started to ask us if we heard some gunshots. But we didn’t hear nothing,” said resident Lawrence Calip.

People who live nearby say trouble like this is rare.

“It’s very surprising,” said Chris Ramos. “We’re in Waipahu so you hear fireworks. But nothing as far as gunshots.”

Honolulu police haven’t determined an exact motive but said it doesn’t appear to be a random shooting. Authorities also said it’s not clear that the suspect and victim knew each other.

“It may very well be just an argument that happened between two people at the park,” said Thoemmes.

Detectives say the suspect is a man in his 30s, and between 5-foot-9 and 5-10 with a heavy build and a full beard. He was wearing a black and red colored hat and a black t-shirt at the time of the shooting.

“The suspect then fled west toward Kunia Road in a black SUV,” said Thoemmes.

Honolulu police have not yet formally identified the victim. Sources say he’s 27 years old.

If you have any information that can help police solve this case you’re asked to call 911 or Honolulu Crimestoppers.

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