Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two male persons of interest who were in the area of a shooting in Makiki this morning that injured a young child and an adult.
Investigators were still sorting out this afternoon conflicting reports of what happened at about 11:08 a.m. when two vehicles were struck in a parking lot at the rear of a retail building on the corner of Pensacola and Young streets.
Police Capt. Gail Beckley offered little detail, just asking for the public to call 911 and not approach if they spot the persons of interest.
She could not confirm whether the two vehicles were being targeted or whether a fight preceded the shooting as some people reported.
An unoccupied silver Lexus and a dark-colored Ford Explorer were struck, Beckley said.
Inside the Explorer were three adults and two children. A 1-year-old boy suffered a facial injury from shattered glass and was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital. An adult was also treated at the scene for similar injuries, but no one was shot, police said.
Honolulu police responded to a report of gunshots fired near Pensacola and Young streets at about 11:08 a.m.
Kaimi Cabacungan, who works at the Kaiser Permanente clinic across the street from the building that had been cordoned off with yellow tape, said he was inside when the shooting occurred.
Just after 11:10 a.m., “people were running in saying, ‘Shooting! Shooting! Shooting!’ So we just locked the door,” he said. He said a patient had video showing two groups of men in their 20s fistfighting.
Area resident Terry Hoshiko told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that he heard what he initially thought was firecrackers. “And then I looked out the window and that’s when I saw these two guys running real fast.”
Hoshiko said he then saw a male chasing after them.
“He was really upset, screaming,” he added. “And pretty soon, the cop cars started coming from everywhere.”
A silver Lexus LS340 with what appeared to be about six bullet holes in the rear window was behind police tape at the scene. Police were examining the Lexus parked in the building’s small parking lot.
Honolulu firefighters and Emergency Medical Services personnel also responded; paramedics treated the child and took him to a hospital in stable condition.
Michelle Yu, spokeswoman of the Honolulu Police Department, said there were no reports of any gunshot victims.
An attendant at the Big Brothers Big Sisters donation center in the Walgreen’s parking lot said he saw two men in their 20s, who came by and looked inside the donation container shortly before the shooting. He said he heard six or seven shots fired.
Kaiser Permanente said in a written statement: “To ensure the safety of our patients and staff, our Honolulu Medical Office was under temporary lockdown due to the police activity in the vicinity. After the facility was deemed safe, operations returned to normal.”
McKinley High School and Queen Kaahumanu Elementary School were temporarily placed on lockdown as a precaution while police investigated, according to Lindsay Chambers, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Education. The lockdowns have since been lifted.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser photographer Cindy Ellen Russell and reporters Rosemarie Bernardo and Leila Fujimori contributed to this report.