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Kauai police arrest 2 males for alleged firearm offense

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Police arrested two males Wednesday after a loaded rifle was allegedly found in their vehicle while parked at Kauai High School.

Shortly before noon Wednesday, the school’s security guard notified the school resources officer of a suspicious vehicle parked in a lot designated for teachers’ vehicles. A police officer observed a 21-year-old Waimea man and a 16-year-old Kekaha teen sitting in a Subaru sport utility vehicle with what appeared to be a rifle bag in the back seat.

Police said neither male is affiliated with Kauai High.

Officers confirmed the bag contained a loaded rifle.

Police arrested both males on suspicion of a firearm offense classified as a Class B felony.

The two were released pending further investigation.

Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry said police take these incidents seriously, especially in the wake of the fatal shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.

“More has to be done about gun violence as we mourn another massacre in Oregon; the answer is not more guns, but stronger laws against its acquisition coupled with the political will to support change, to protect our children and all innocent victims,” said Perry.

Anyone with more information on the matter is asked to call Lt. Mark Ozaki of the Kauai Police Department at 241-1688 or Crime Stoppers at 246-8300.

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