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Police call off search for armed man in Kapolei

By Leila Fujimori

LAST UPDATED: 09:10 p.m. HST, Jun 10, 2014

Police searched for a gunman Tuesday afternoon through some of the dozens of offices at the Campbell Center in Kapolei.

Police placed the James Campbell and Kapolei buildings located at 1001 Kamokila Blvd. across the Kapolei police station on lockdown from 2 to 3 p.m., and continued to search for about an hour.

Gerald Tandal, a loan officer at the Hawaii Mortgage Experts on the third floor of the Kapolei Builidng said he saw a man pacing back and forth in the hallway with what looked like a silver and black handgun.

"He seemed agitated to me," Tandal said.

He returned to his office and warned others, "You guys need to stay in here," he said, then called police.

He said the man looked to be in his 40s, with a fair complexion, shoulder-length dirty blond hair, clean shaven, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 160 pounds, wearing long khaki pants and a plaid shirt.

Police from District 8 responded, and searched some of the offices for the suspect, while skipping others.

Rey Ann Jacob, a receptionist at West Oahu Dental Center, said a patient had just walked out and saw a police officer with a gun.

"He came runing back in and the patient got all paranoid," she said.

Jacob said police told them to lock the doors, and stay inside until given the all clear by security guards.

The patient was concerned because his wife was waiting for him in the parking lot, but he managed to call her from inside, and he had to wait it out before he could leave.

 Police entered the office and searched for the gunman, and "10 minutes later, they said, it's clear," Jacob said.

Jacob said she was scared.

"All the cops are walking and running back and forth with their guns," she said.

On the third floor near the mortgage firm, an employee with the MedQuest System office said, "Of course, everyone's nervous."

She said the public goes to a different MedQuest office one building over.

Her office is kept locked, as are many of the offices in the buildings.

A woman who works in an office of the Department of the Attorney General, also on the third floor, said: "I was nervous because we saw cops around the area to search our office.

Some offices, such as a pediatric office, posted signs saying it was closed.

Phillip Lieu, director of the Kumon center, said he had five students during the lockdown, the youngest being 4, shortly after the center opened.

He said he tried to keep everyone calm and kept the students facing away from the glass doors.

"It was kind of scary," he said. "They're holding huge guns -- rifles."

After the lockdown was lifted, Lieu said he decided to close the center.

"It was a little bit too risky because I heard the gunman hasn't been caught yet," he said.

Kelly Veniegas, who works for Old Republic Title & Escrow of Hawaii in the James Campbell building said he saw what he thought was SWAT team officers securing the building and in all the perimeters, and he heard an announcement over the building's loudspeakers. (A police spokeswoman said no Specialized Services Division team was used.)

Veniegas said he was worried about his wife who also works in the building.

Tandal and others found it disconcerting the suspect has not been caught and worry he may return.

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ResponsibleCitizen wrote:
How many people have to die before our legislators get to the REAL cause of all these violent offenders? And don't give me this ban guns bullcrap. Since this countries forming, nearly all citizens where armed and guns and other weapons available to anyone and every one, it is your right to be armed to protect yourself! Why only now is there such a marked increase of crazy violence and mass killings? The answer lies else ware, not in the tools, but in the person committing the acts. It is high time they stop avoiding the issue, which I suspect is the drugs that are giving to these mentally unstable, and sometimes even mentally stable individuals. These drugs, in my suspicion, put them over the edge. Which is even listed as know side effects.... But where is that data? Is it even being considered? Or is these drug companies too powerful, rich, and greedy for the government to even question??????????
on June 10,2014 | 03:55PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
That's not responsible comment,citizen. That's ranting.
on June 10,2014 | 04:11PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Perhaps he learned from The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
on June 10,2014 | 04:46PM
false wrote:
The world is coming to an end. Burma shave!
on June 10,2014 | 04:54PM
HIE wrote:
Actually, back when almost all citizens were armed, it was called the "Wild West"...and not because it was so "wildly" safe with so many guns.
on June 11,2014 | 07:51AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
This is as easy a response HPD has ever done!!! HPD Kapolei Station is across the street from Kapolei 7-11, HPD Kapolei Station and Zippy's Kapolei.
on June 10,2014 | 04:45PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Well how can HPD Kapolei be across from HPD Kapolei? Duh !!!!
on June 10,2014 | 04:48PM
rayhawaii wrote:
And he looked like? I could be sitting in a restaurant right now with my kids and he could be sitting right next to us for all I know.
on June 10,2014 | 05:11PM
Kealii wrote:
tonight, go home cook rice instead
on June 10,2014 | 05:42PM
rayhawaii wrote:
I did, and didn't want to hang around anywhere in public.
on June 10,2014 | 08:46PM
KWAY wrote:
on June 10,2014 | 09:20PM
IAmSane wrote:
How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren't Real?
on June 10,2014 | 10:10PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
I'm locked and loaded....enter at your own risk my friend!
on June 11,2014 | 01:40AM
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