Suspect accused of brandishing a firearm triggers ‘pandemonium’ on crowded Waikiki beach
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 27-year-old man was arrested Sunday after he reportedly brandished a gun on a crowded stretch of Waikiki Beach, triggering a panic as people fled from the area in all directions.
Dramatic video of the scene shows beachgoers running away from the trouble. Lifeguards can be heard yelling, “Relax, they’ve got the guy in custody.”
Meanwhile, witnesses also captured video of police pointing their guns at a suspect and then taking him down without firing any shots.
He is accused of assault on a police officer and a firearms charge.
Authorities said the incident happened about 4:30 p.m.
Police responded after a beachgoer reported seeing a man holding a gun near Lifeguard Tower 2C. A lifeguard called police and officers confronted the man on Kalakaua Avenue near Ohua Avenue.
Word of the gun-toting suspect spread and sent people running.
Arizona visitor Kevin Schuhmacher watched the scene unfold from the fifth floor balcony of his hotel room.
“All of a sudden waves of people were running and then we saw this guy come running and it did look like he was brandishing a firearm because he had it up to his chest and he kept running across the street,” he said.
“Then he goes over to the cop car and tries to open the door, like he tried to get in and steal it. Then they nab him and throw him back into the bushes. It was pandemonium. We didn’t know what was going to happen.”
California visitor Genesis Vazquez said, “I heard someone say it’s a shooter and I ... just started panicking,”
Leslie Navarro added “we just saw everyone was running towards us.”
“And then we kind of saw them all yelling and screaming and crying,” she said, adding that at least one person shouted that there was an “active shooter.”
“People from inside the water ran out and we’re also running,” Navarro said. “We were scared.”
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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