Man injured in Kailua shooting
• Photo gallery: 1 wounded, 1 held in Kailua shooting
By Suzanne Roig
Advertiser Staff Writer
KAILUA — A Friday night fight led to a midday shooting yesterday in Kailua, sending one man to a hospital with gunshot wounds and resulting in the arrest of another on suspicion of attempted murder.
Twelve shots were fired near Kihapai and Wailepo streets where neighborhood kids often ride their bikes and skateboards.
Joseph Dillinger said he was on the phone with a friend and heard what he thought was fireworks.
"I started running outside to see what it was," Dillinger said. "But then I realized what I was hearing and I stopped. People were calling their children to go inside."
Friday's fight started with yelling over an SUV that was "burning rubber" in the intersection of Kihapai and Wailepo, said Lt. John Vines of the Honolulu Police Department.
Two men ended up fighting, Vines said, and yesterday one of them returned to the scene — ostensibly to make amends.
But that turned into a second fight between possibly four men, witnesses said. One man was shot several times and taken to The Queen's Medical Center where his condition was listed as stable, Vines said.
Police arrested Solomon Silva, 45, of Waimānalo for investigation of attempted murder. Silva was being held at the police cellblock last night.
The Hawai'i Criminal Justice Data Center indicates that Silva has four prior offenses, but does not detail them.
It was unclear how many times the wounded man was shot, Vines said. A second person was shot at but not injured, he said.
Bryan Cheplic, city Department of Emergency Services spokesman, said paramedics received a call about a victim with gunshot wounds at 11:37 a.m., but when paramedics arrived at the scene they could not find a victim.
Apparently, a friend drove the injured man to Castle Medical Center for treatment.
At noon, paramedics received a call to take a man in his 20s from Castle Medical Center to a trauma center in town with injuries that appeared to be gunshot wounds, Cheplic said.
While police investigated the scene of the shooting, a small crowd of curious people stood behind the yellow tape that cordoned off the intersection. Children played volleyball and rode bikes down the street on Wailepo.
Nearby, 12 bullet casings lay on the road.
One bullet was lodged in the windshield of a pickup truck, Vines said.
"I don't like the bullets in my neighborhood," Dillinger said. "We have small wooden houses and we don't need bullets around here."
Other neighbors were also upset.
"We came home and it already happened," said Keri Medeiros, who has lived on Wailepo Street for 10 years. "The kids always play here; it's scary. We've never seen anything like this.
"This makes me think. Our kids could be out there and they could get innocently hit by a bullet or something."