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Police responding to reports of gunfire find a gaming room in Chinatown



Honolulu police, responding to report of gunfire near Kekaulike Street, uncovered an illegal gambling house today in Chinatown.

The gaming room was on the second floor of 162 N. King St.

“It’s a fair-sized operation as far as gambling rooms go,” said Honolulu police Capt. Jerry Inouye of the Narcotics Vice Division.

Officers responded to reports of gunfire and bystanders also flagged down bicycle officers about 5:30 p.m., Inouye said.

Responding officers couldn’t find any evidence of a shooting, but did find 12 video slot machines on the second floor, Inouye said.

Officers initially handcuffed about eight people from the building, but they were released, and there were no arrests. 

“No one was willing to admit there was any kind of shooting or robbery,” Inouye said.

Police said the gambling machines would be confiscated.

The report of gunfire forced police to close North King Street at River Street for about 30 minutes to investigate. No injuries were reported.


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