Accused gunman allegedly gave group ‘stink eye’ before fatal shooting at Ala Moana Center
Friends of a 20-year-old man who was fatally shot by a 23-year-old man in the parking lot of Ala Moana Center said the accused gunman gave them “stink eye” and exchanged words with the victim prior to the shooting, according to a police affidavit.
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Friends of a 20-year-old man who was fatally shot
by a 23-year-old man in the parking lot of Ala Moana Center said the accused
gunman gave them “stink eye” and exchanged words with the victim prior to the shooting, according to a
Kapono J. Miranda with second-degree murder
Tuesday in the death of Alan C. Jennings of Waianae.
Miranda was also charged with carrying a firearm without a permit and using a firearm to commit murder. His bail is set at $1 million.
The deadly shooting
occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday on the Diamond Head side of the shopping center’s parking lot fronting Lucky Strike Social Honolulu.
A witness turned over to police footage she recorded with her cellphone that showed Miranda pointing a handgun at Jennings, who had his hands raised in the air, according to the affidavit detailing the shooting.
Police said the video showed Miranda discharging one shot when “Jennings slouched over, held his chest, and turned away from Miranda and started to run in the opposite direction,” police said.
Miranda allegedly fired a second shot at Jennings and fled the scene.
Police interviewed Jennings’ friends who were with him at the time. According to the affidavit, one of his friends said they were outside of Lucky Strike waiting for another friend when Miranda and two other males walked out of the establishment.
Jennings’ friends told police Miranda appeared drunk and gave them “stink eye,” police said. Another friend alleged Miranda was “eyeing up” Jennings.
Police said Jennings and Miranda exchanged words when Jennings’ friend intervened and punched Miranda in the mouth.
After the friend punched Miranda, police said, the
accused gunman pulled a semi-automatic gun from
the waistband of his pants, fired at least two shots
and fled the scene.
A witness immediately ran over to Jennings and applied pressure to a single gunshot wound to his upper chest. Emergency Medical Services arrived, and paramedics treated and took him in
critical condition to The Queen’s Medical Center where he died.
A security officer at the shopping center captured Miranda, who was walking down a ramp and noticed his mouth bleeding. Police said Miranda claimed he was the victim and that he had been shot in the mouth. The security officer attempted to grab his arm, but Miranda fled down the ramp at the Target store parking structure.
Miranda then ran across the street toward the parking lot of First Hawaiian Bank on Kapiolani Boulevard where a police officer detained him.
Police arrested him on suspicion of murder after multiple witnesses positively identified him as the gunman.
Police also recovered a 9-mm Luger semi-automatic pistol from the bed of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck at the scene of the shooting.
Court records indicated Miranda was arrested and charged in May with driving under the influence of an intoxicant and possessing an open container of an intoxicating liquor while operating a motor vehicle. Miranda’s driver’s license was revoked for a year due to the drunken driving charges, and he is scheduled to appear at
Wahiawa District Court in October.
Jennings, a 2017 Mililani High School graduate, worked at Y. Hata &Co. Ltd., a food service distribution company.
His father, Kana Jennings, described his son as a good, kind-hearted man who never had any run-ins with the law. “Alan loved everybody,” he said.
Though family members are filled with anguish in
the wake of Jennings’ death, they said they forgive
Miranda, as Jennings would have done. “The way my mom raised us … never hold onto any grudges. Somebody did wrong to you, you love that person and forgive,” Jennings’ father said.