Pair face court hearings in shooting at restaurant
What ever happened in the case of the Kauai shooting at McDonald's restaurant?
Answer: Two people have been charged in a drive-by shooting at the McDonald's restaurant in Kapaa on June 27.
No one was injured, but a number of customers described bullets whizzing by them as a car drove down Kuhio Highway fronting the store.
The alleged shooter, Taekyu U, 26, of Kapaa, is out on bail and awaiting trial on charges of first-degree attempted murder, illegal possession of a firearm and, after a search of his back pocket turned up a set of metal knuckles, illegal possession of a deadly weapon.
Enough probable cause was found in July for U to stand trial. He was arraigned on July 30, and his trial is set for Oct. 13, according to prosecutors.
Brock-Allen Reyes, 17, who allegedly drove U, will be tried as an adult. Lawyers for Reyes, of Kapaa, did not contest a waiver of jurisdiction to Circuit Court. They claimed, according to reports, that the conditions at the Juvenile Detention Facility were so bad he would be better off in a prison for adult offenders.
Reyes is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 10.
Both have posted bail in the case.
It is likely that if neither defendant agrees to a deal to testify against the other, prosecutors will make a motion to consolidate the two cases and try Reyes and U together.
According to court records, police pulled over a car driven by Reyes near Lydgate Park about 20 minutes after the shooting was reported. U, 26, of Kapaa, was the passenger, and between the two on the center console was a box of ammunition, police said.
This update was written by Star-Bulletin reporter Tom Finnegan.
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