Bullet suspected of hitting moving car at Sandy beach
Mother and two children in car at the time
It's not all that uncommon to hear life threatening stories after a rough day of surf at Sandy beach. But this one, out of the water left a mother scared for her children's lives.
Saturday was just another day at the beach for Kayoko Sheffield and her family. The mother and her two children were out searching Sandy beach for souvenirs. But instead of walking away with sea shells they took home the scare of their lives.
"I was reversing it, pull out the car and then I heard a big sound," says Sheffield.
Sheffield says the sound was a bullet going through the top of her car. It got stuck under the roof panel.
"It's pretty scary, if it went through it's going to hit me probably," says Sheffield.
Sheffield says at first she thought she reversed into something. She checked her car but didn't notice the hole in her roof. While driving home, she heard the bullet rattling around in the roof above her. That's when she called police.
"The police said it's a bullet hole, most likely a bullet hole. After I heard that I was so scared," said Sheffield.
Sheffield believes the bullet came from the Koko Head shooting range but experts we spoke to say that's nearly impossible.
"I can't picture that happening, it would have to be way up in the air and way to the right of the normal trajectory of the rifle range," says Harvey Gerwig, President of Hawaii Rifle Association.
The shooting range is about 5,500 feet or just over one mile away from the parking lot at Sandy's. Some bullets can travel that distance, but in this case experts say the angle at which a shooter would have to aim to get a bullet over the hill and to Sandy beach is just too great.
Instead, they say it could have been from gun fire elsewhere.
"It could have been somebody celebrating the holiday up at Queen's gate shooting up in the air," says Gerwig.
Back at the beach people didn't seem to mind.
"I believe it's an isolated incident. As of a safety issue, I think out there is more of a safety issue than what's flying around out here," says George Tacub, a regular at Sandy's.
But Sheffield doesn't share their opinion.
"Coming back here, it's not safe, it's scary," says Sheffield.
Police have opened a reckless endangering case. They weren't able to get the bullet out of the roof of the mini van. Instead, Kayoko Sheffield will have to take the bullet to police after mechanics remove it, before repairing her car.
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