Public’s help sought as police search for suspect in deadly Chinatown shooting

Police are searching for a suspect who shot and killed a man in Chinatown late Wednesday evening.

It happened at around 11:45 p.m. in front of Maunakea Liquor and Grocery.

Responding officers found a 34-year-old man with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. He was taken to Queen’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just before 12:30 a.m.

“Witnesses said that the suspect approached on foot, shot the victim with an unknown type handgun. The suspect then fled the area, was last seen getting into an unknown white vehicle, and fled the Chinatown area in that vehicle,” said Maj. Larry Lawson, HPD’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Police say witnesses saw the suspect get into a white vehicle and leave the Chinatown area.

He is described to be in his 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 240 pounds, and heavy set. He was wearing a dark-colored hoodie.

Police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting.

Officers have been canvassing the area, searching for witnesses and surveillance video. Police are asking the public for help.

“We’re asking the community to step forward. If they saw something, please provide that information. If they have video from their stores in the Chinatown area, please call us. We’re canvassing, trying to get that video, but it’s always helpful if they come forward and call us so we know where to start, but we’ll be canvassing that area for all the information,” Lawson said. “There are cameras in that area, but again, we’re canvassing to make sure we pull it all, review it, and we’ve got to make sure it shows what we need it to show, if it’s anything viable.”

Anyone who has any information or video is urged to call Honolulu police or CrimeStoppers at (808) 955-8300.

Just last Saturday, a man with a rifle opened fire in Waikiki, killing a man and injuring two others.

It happened outside Club Alley Cat near the corner of Kuhio and Seaside avenues.

Jordan Smith, 18, was eventually arrested and charged with second-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, and four firearms offenses.

Lawson says police don’t believe the two shootings are connected, “but nothing is off the table. We’re going to look at it closely just to make sure.”

The incident has left area businesses and residents on edge.

“I raised my kids here and over the last two years, it’s just gotten ridiculous,” said resident James Anshultz. “I hope the city will start doing something down here, because there’s more riffraff than there is business people. The kind of stuff that goes down, urinating in traffic, in walkways, in front of people, you know, it’s like a wild west down here.”

“I know the department has increased staffing in the area for foot patrols and do many different projects and things in … Chinatown to enhance the safety for our community, so it’s an ongoing ever-evolving project with Chinatown to make sure they’re safe, and not just Chinatown, but Waikiki, any place on the island. We always take our community safety very seriously,” Lawson said.

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