HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The family of a 20-year-old man critically injured in a shooting at Ala Moana Center on Christmas says they're praying for a miracle.
Family members identified the victim as Steven Feliciano, and they say he's on life support.
"We're just hoping that there's gonna be a miracle ... because right now the doctors say he's brain dead," said his sister, Carine Feliciano, by phone from the mainland. "So we're hoping the last test they run, something different is gonna happen, a miracle is gonna happen."
Meanwhile on Monday, police put out a public plea for help in finding a suspect in the shooting. They said 20-year-old Dae Han Moon is on the run.
Officers responded to the shooting about 7:45 p.m. Sunday to find Feliciano with a gunshot wound to the back of his head.
Police say the suspect and his friends had apparently gotten into an argument with Feliciano and his friends on the fifth floor of the new Ewa Wing parking structure. They say the argument escalated into a fight and Moon allegedly pulled a gun from his car and shot Feliciano.
His sister said their other brother witnessed it.
"Stevie tried to help his brother out. And then one of the friends sid-blinded one of the guys that went back in the car and grabbed a gun and shot him when he turned his back when he was about to get back into the car," Carine Feliciano said.
Sources the shot was at close range.
About 45 minutes later, a white Dodge Challenger was found torched in Kunia. Police sources say the car matches the description of the suspect's vehicle, but they are investigating whether the car was stolen.
Feliciano said she does not know what led up to the argument, but she knows her brother did not deserve what happened to him.
Steve Feliciano was a football player at Moanalua High School. His coaches described him as respectable, and his friends said he was well-loved.
"I just need everybody to pray and have faith that something will change. Just pray that there's gonna be a miracle, you just never know. In his God's hand, anything can happen," his sister said.
HPD said they have had encounters with Moon in the past. "He has a couple prior convictions and officers do know who he is," said Sgt. Kim Buffett.
Moon is described as 5-foot-8, weighing 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.