Victim in fatal Chinatown shooting identified; 2 suspects arrested
Two people are in police custody on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, and robbery in connection with a fatal shooting in Chinatown early Saturday morning.
HONOLULU - Honolulu Police arrested a 29-year-old man and a 30-year-old man on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, and robbery in connection with a fatal shooting in Chinatown early Saturday morning.
HPD said a 44-year-old woman and 25-year-old man were shot just before 2 a.m. during a robbery inside Cuties Cafe on N. King Street. Upon arrival, police found the victims outside of the cafe.
Both victims were taken to Queen's Medical Center. The female victim died after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest, according to police. She has been identified as Tara Tevaga of Aiea. Police say the male victim was shot in the shoulder and is listed in stable condition.
"It is believed that the male arrested for the robbery was involved with the group of people who went to rob this establishment," said Maj. Larry Lawson of the Honolulu Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division. "He was located nearby. An APB [all points bulletin] was put out for the vehicle and officers who responded to the area, set up areas around the scene. And once they did that, they were able to see one of the vehicles given in the APB."
Police are using statements from witnesses and surveillance video as part of their investigation. Yelp lists Cuties Cafe as a Vietnamese Coffee and Tea shop, but police are investigating the business as a "potential" gaming room. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.