A man accused of shooting at a Kunia family’s home Saturday afternoon has been charged.
Scott Vidinha, 52, was charged with first-degree attempted murder, four counts of second-degree attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and various firearms offenses.
His bail is set at $1 million. Police announced the new developments during a press conference Monday afternoon.
Vidinha was arrested near his home. The family says Vidinha is their upstairs neighbor.
The incident began at around 1 p.m. Saturday at the Parkview Village condominium.
Twenty-year resident Dawn Aglipay says it started when the suspect made comments to her two teenage boys.
She called police twice. After she heard a gunshot, Aglipay called police a third time. Officers showed up each time to investigate, but nothing happened.
Events changed for the worst when Aglipay’s son saw the suspect loading his gun and coming toward their home.
“That’s when we ran toward the house, shut the door, and gunshots started flaring after that,” she said.
Aglipay says the suspect had a rifle and dozens of shots were fired.
“I was really scared that he was going to come into our home, because our neighbors said that he shot from the sidewalk, and he walked upstairs, and he did shoot from on top and right outside of our door,” she said.
Neighbors told the family that the suspect walked to the back of the home and started shooting at the back porch, shattering the glass door.
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Inside and out, the Aglipay home is covered with bullet holes. Pictures of the aftermath show home decorations shattered.
“If you saw yesterday how it looked, you would never think there was any survivors. Our neighbors were telling us that he thought there was no way that anybody could survive that,” Aglipay said.
The family is grateful no one got hurt.
During the shooting, Aglipay, her husband, and two sons hid in the bathroom. They had a 911 operator on the line.
“I just kept on yelling, ‘Tell them to get inside and get us,’ because I wasn’t sure if he was in the house,” Aglipay said.
She says the police arrived minutes later: “It seemed like it was forever. Four minutes was a long time. It seemed like 40 minutes.”
Aglipay’s family never had a problem with Vidinha before. She says his confrontation with her sons was the only altercation they ever had with him.
She said all of this could have been avoided had the police reacted to one of her phone calls before the shooting started.
“Our lives would not have been at risk if he would have been taken away, but I don’t know what their protocol is,” she said. “It had to take something like this for them to finally take him away, unfortunately.”
Police confirmed five calls were made to 911 between 1 and 3:40 p.m.
“The first call reported possible inappropriate comments being made by a male neighbor. The officer met with the caller and the caller’s family and advised them on the procedures on getting a TRO (temporary restraining order),” said Maj. Dagan Tsuchida.
After the third call, which reported possible gunshots, “officers were sent to the area, made checks, went to the male’s residence and spoke with him. At that time, officers asked for but were denied entry into male’s home and they did not see any evidence of firearms or any firearms in the area or did not observe any illegal behavior,” said Tsuchida.
Routine police checks were conducted and a police report was initiated.
Police received a fourth call reporting a naked man and, as officers were en route to the scene, received a fifth call that said he was firing shots into the home.
We asked, why out of five calls to 911 was only one police report made?
“We don’t necessarily would give a police report on those type of incidents. The first case, like I said, the lady was asking for procedures on how to obtain a TRO. The second was a male yelling in the parking lot, and unless we have someone to say specifically, ‘Yes, this is the person who was yelling. It bothers me. I would like to make a criminal complaint. We have witnesses.’ It’s very difficult for us to initiate a criminal complaint at that time,” Tsuchida said. “The officers did everything they could within the boundaries of the laws and procedures at that time.”
The Aglipays say they are in the process of filing a TRO. As for Vidinha, he is expected in court Tuesday.
We dug into Vidinha’s criminal past and found only a couple of petty misdemeanors.
In 1991, he was found guilty of drunk driving and ordered to surrender his license for 90 days and pay a $250 fine.
In 2009, he was found guilty of driving under the influence. His license was again suspended for 90 days, and he was ordered to pay a $300 fine.