CHINATOWN (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 34-year-old man was fatally shot as he sat on a sidewalk in Chinatown late Wednesday, and a manhunt for the suspect is underway.
The suspect is being described as in his 20s and about 5-foot-6. He was wearing a dark, long-sleeved hoodie.
"The suspect is an unknown African American male, about 20 years old, about 5'6, 240 pounds. Witnesses describe him as heavy set," said Larry Lawson, the commander for HPD's Criminal Investigation Division.
The shooting happened around 11:50 p.m. at the Maunakea Liquor and Grocery store on Maunakea Street.
The suspect approached on foot, police said. The handgun has not been recovered.
Emergency Medical Services said the man who died sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. The man was taken in critical condition to The Queen's Medical Center, where he later died, police said.
Officials said the motive for the shooting is unclear, and the relationship between the two isn't known.
The male suspect fled in a white car.
A man who said his name was AJ said he heard the commotion.
"I just heard gunshots...it's devastating for the person that passed," he said.
Another gentleman, who did not want to be identified brought flowers to the scene.
"Come over here and look at the drops of blood and other people tell me yeah it's true he did get shot...he was struggling with life and he came out here to do his thing, support his kids and everything...the guy is just trying to survive. He was trying to look for a job but still, he cant find anything," he said.
James Anshutz, a nearby resident, said the area where the shooting happened is notorious for illegal activity and violence.
"I think this area has gotten quite shady in the year and a half since they cleaned out Kakaako and surrounding areas," Anshutz said. "A lot of the riffraff has kinda come down here, and it's gotten kinda sketchy in the last year or so, really bad, so it's not surprising at all at this point."
Police have opened a second-degree murder investigation.
Anyone with further information is asked to call authorities.
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