Two men were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds in a police-involved shooting near Mililani Town Center this afternoon.
Honolulu police said officers responded at 1:15 p.m. to a report of a stolen vehicle at the Mililani Burger King.
The driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck allegedly rammed into a police subsidized vehicle, and “continued forward nearly striking an officer,” a written statement from an HPD spokeswoman said.
The officer responded by shooting and hitting the driver and the front passenger.
A 30-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to the upper right back, while a 31-year old man had apparent gunshot wounds to the hip and right elbow, according to city Emergency Medical Services personnel. Both were taken to a hospital in serious condition.
No one else was injured, including a third person in the vehicle.
Kinji Martin said he had just left Times Supermarket when he saw police cars parked in front of Burger King. Martin, who lives in Mililani Mauka and is a Mililani High graduate, said he parked in the back of Burger King and told his wife to stay in the car.
Martin, a student at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu, said he saw blood on a parked truck and on the street.
“It just looked really graphic,” said Martin, 29. “I guess I wasn’t as scared but my wife was terrified. I’ve never seen any event comparable to this (in this community).”
Makaimoimo Street from Meheula Parkway to the entrance to the Mililani Town Center was shut down as police investigate.
Mililani High School went into lockdown for about half an hour as police converged on the Burger King across the street from campus.
“Lockdown started at 1:15 p.m. in response to a police incident that took place at the nearby Burger King,” said Lindsay Chambers, spokeswoman for the Department of Education. “It was lifted at 1:50 p.m.”
Travis Afuso, student body president at Mililani High, said he heard the lockdown announcement during his JROTC class around 1:15 p.m. Afuso, a junior, said teachers locked the doors and shut the windows.
He said he and his classmates crouched under the tables and did not hear any updates for about 10 minutes. Afuso said the school later announced that there was a police incident at Burger King.
“Initially I thought it was a shooter on campus. My mind was like, ‘oh my gosh what was going on,’” he said. “It was frightening.”
Afuso added that some students initially thought there was a lockdown drill. He said in his three years at the high school, there has never been a lockdown.
“This is very much an unusual event,” Afuso said. “This is quite a surprise. This is a very safe community.”