Honolulu freeway shootings leave 1 dead, 2 injured
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man shot at two cars stopped in traffic, then continued on an early Friday morning freeway shooting rampage that left one woman dead, another woman in critical condition and a man in serious condition, Honolulu police said.
The shootings, which included shots fired at police, spanned a wide area of Oahu and appeared to be random, with no connection between the suspect and the victims, said Maj. Richard Robinson, head of the police Criminal Investigations Division.
Toby Stangel of Haleiwa got out of his car at 12:43 a.m., walked up to vehicles stopped in an intersection and opened fire, police said.
A 54-year-old woman was shot multiple times — workers at a nearby supermarket told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser they heard five shots. She was taken to a Honolulu hospital in critical condition where she was pronounced dead, Honolulu police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said.
Stangel, 28, opened fired again about 10 minutes later on the H-1 freeway, the major artery in Honolulu, shooting and critically injuring a 24-year-old woman, police said. The younger woman's sister identified her as Emelou Asuncion and told the newspaper she was shot twice in the shoulder while driving to work.
A man driving past was also shot and was in serious condition.
Stangel then continued west where he fired at officers conducting a traffic stop on the Moanalua Freeway, police said. The officers were uninjured. Stangel was arrested on suspicion of several counts of attempted murder after he was spotted in his stopped BMW at about 1 a.m. on the freeway in Aiea, police said. He now faces murder charges.
The ordeal closed parts of the freeway for nearly six hours.