Clues sought in Chinatown killing
Police say the brother of a man shot multiple times is reluctant to make a statement
Police continue to look for two males who fired guns at two brothers, killing one of them in downtown Honolulu just before midnight Saturday.
Daniel W. Truelove and his brother got into an argument that police homicide Lt. Bill Kato said involved a prostitute. The two suspects then intervened, he said.
The prostitute ran and Truelove was shot, while the brother got away unharmed, police said.
One witness said she was driving behind a white or cream-colored boxy-shaped sport utility vehicle on Nuuanu Avenue when she saw the driver brace his arm on the bottom of the window and fire two shots.
The Medical Examiner's Office said Truelove died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Police said he had multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso.
Police said Truelove had a previous arrest record.
Capt. Frank Fujii said police tried to interview Truelove's brother, but he was reluctant to make a statement.
"Anytime you have a shooting like that, it's a major concern for us," Fujii said. "On a Saturday night you still have major pedestrian traffic. It's a residential area. You have kids running around.
"We're just very thankful, although one person was killed, we're thankful that no innocent people got hurt," he said.
The case has been classified as a murder and an attempted murder.
Police have been unable to find the woman, but believe they know who she is.
Both suspects are described as between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 8 inches tall.
One man was stocky, bald with facial hair. The other had a medium build, with short, dark hair.
Police said the suspects were seen fleeing the area in a yellow Hummer.
Some area residents and workers urged police to crack down on prostitution.
"I try not to walk that late," said Nuuanu Avenue resident Yumi Shaw, who was taking a stroll with her baby and dog yesterday near Nuuanu and South Kukui Street where the shooting occurred.
"I wish there wasn't prostitution on this street," she said, and would like to see police clean up the streets.
Gilbert Tavares, a security guard at Kukui Plaza, said prostitutes often use the public parking section of the condominium's parking garage.
"Instead of going to a hotel, they take a ticket and park," he said. "It's a lot cheaper than a hotel."
He was pleased to see a greater police presence Sunday and hoped it would continue, but today he noticed the women were brazenly back on the streets.