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Wednesday, August 9, 2000

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Gerven C. Sorino (left) and Peter H. Takeda at a court
appearance in connection with Monday's
shooting in Hawaii Kai.

Pair charged
in Hawaii Kai
shooting spree

One suspect tried twice
to hang himself after being
taken into police custody

By Jaymes K. Song

The two men involved in firing about a hundred rounds into a Hawaii Kai neighborhood and at police officers early Monday morning have been charged with several felony offenses, including five counts of first-degree attempted murder.

Peter H. Takeda, 38, and Gerven C. Sorino, 25, are being held on $500,000 bail each, police said.

The two men, wearing white jumpsuits and shackles, conversed with each other, smiled and seemed relaxed during their initial appearance in District Court today.

"I love you, mom. Kids, I love you," Sorino said as he waved to the news cameras in court. "I'm innocent."

A District Court judge set their preliminary hearing for Friday.

They were charged yesterday with five counts of first-degree attempted murder, use of a firearm in commission of a crime, felon in possession of firearm and felon in possession of ammunition.

Four of the counts of attempted murder were for shooting at four police officers, said Honolulu police Lt. William Kato. The fifth count was for shooting at the "general public."

Police believe Takeda fired from 75 to "the low hundreds" of rounds from his sixth-floor unit at The Heritage House condominiums, 6710 Hawaii Kai Drive, into the walls, doors and at responding police officers.

Nine bullets were found lodged in a neighbor's unit, where a boy was sitting in a reclining chair. The boy heard a bullet "whiz" past his head and bullets hit the television, which was about four to five feet away from the boy, police said. Twenty-six bullet holes were found in Takeda's door.

Sorino assisted Takeda, but whether he fired any rounds is being investigated. They held off police for about five hours before surrendering at 6:36 a.m.

Takeda was wearing a belt with a gun holster attached when he was arrested, according to court documents.

Officer George Abbley, who took cover near the condominium building, could hear bullets hitting tree branches in front of him and passing over his head, the document said.

Following his arrest Monday, Takeda attempted to hang himself inside police cellblocks. First he used his clothes, then a jumpsuit issued by police. Officers were able to intervene quickly because they were monitoring him, Kato said. Takeda was taken to a psychiatric ward at Queen's Hospital for observation, then released yesterday and taken back into police custody.

Two handguns were recovered by police -- a .38 revolver and a .25-caliber handgun. One was reported stolen in 1996; the other was not registered.

Sorino, who lives at a Pupukahi Street home in Waipahu, uses several different last names, including Sorveno and Soriano, Kato said. The name on his driver's license is Sorino.

Sorino is on five-years' probation for a terroristic threatening conviction for a Feb. 5, 1998, incident. He also has five misdemeanor convictions for contempt of court.

Takeda signed divorce papers last month and was two weeks away from a trial on assault charges. He was laid off from his job because of his back problems, according to his wife of four years, Ana Takeda.

Takeda is also awaiting trial on Aug. 21 for threatening his sister with a knife during an argument. He pleaded no contest in March, but withdrew his plea on June 23.

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