Tuesday, January 12, 1999

Assailant wounds
man 3 times during
wild chase through
Kakaako district

By Jaymes K. Song


A trail of blood stained the ground in Kakaako this morning after a gunman went on a shooting spree, sending one man to the hospital.

Art A 25-year-old man was admitted to Queen's Hospital in stable condition with three gunshot wounds to his arm and upper body, police said.

The man and his friend were outside Club Sun, an exotic-dancing establishment at Cummins and Kawaiahao streets, at about 2:15 a.m. when an unknown man approached them carrying a handgun, said Honolulu Police Detective Jack Snyder.

As the two men ran in the Diamond Head direction on Kawaiahao Street, the gunman chased them and fired his weapon, police said.

Police said the 25-year-old man was shot near the parking lot of Hinson Music at 1008 Kawaiahao St., but kept running.

The two men ran to Waimanu Street and cut through the parking lot of the Flamingo Chuckwagon restaurant to Kapiolani Boulevard, where the suspect fired a barrage of bullets again, but missed.

Evidence specialists found and marked at least 13 shell casings in the restaurant's parking lot.

The injured man ran to a parking lot behind Jack-in-the-Box on Ward Avenue where he hid. His friend, unhurt, escaped through the Blaisdell Center.

Both returned to the scene later and reported the shooting.

According to a police report, "both victims say the attack was unprovoked."

Several streets in the area were closed this morning while investigators examined the scene.

Police are still searching for the gunman.

He is described as in his 20s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 200 pounds with a bald head. He was wearing jean shorts and a white T-shirt.

In a Christmas Eve 1995 incident at Club Sun, part-owner and manager Andy Hirama, 44, was killed when two masked men opened fire inside the nightclub during a robbery attempt.

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