A high-ranking Navy officer barricaded himself at a luxury resort in Hawaii after shooting staff through his hotel room door – he shot dead early Sunday after a 10-hour standoff, according to a report.
The man – apparently a lieutenant commander stationed in Oahu – first shot through his door at the Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu when security knocked on his door at 6 p.m. Saturday, Hawaii News Now said.
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He fired at least four more shots when police stormed the hotel and called his name, police said at the outlet, saying no one was shot.
Hundreds of people were evacuated from the immediate surroundings, many of whom huddled in a makeshift security room in a ballroom, obtaining food, drinks and blankets as they snuggled up for the night.
Police also cleaned up beaches and seaside restaurants over fears the gunman could shoot from his hotel balcony, officials told Hawaii News Now.
As SWAT teams stormed the station, the barricaded man’s commander responded and his family also assisted the negotiators, officials told local media.
Although police did not disclose what triggered the initial confrontation, a local man told “Good Morning Hawaii” that he had been warned to stay away “because of some sort of problem. ‘suicidal man’.
He called the “cops with AK” scene “scary” everywhere.
The standoff finally ended at around 4 a.m. local time – 10 a.m. New York – when the barricaded man swooped down in the room, “Good Morning Hawaii” said, citing military sources. He was not immediately identified.
Although apparently based about 30 miles from the resort, the serviceman was staying at the hotel with his family, but was alone in the room during his clash, law enforcement sources told local media.
Images on social media showed residents and hotel guests in tears as officers first rushed into the luxury resort and warned of the gunfire.
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“The cops told everyone to run and take shelter,” Kahala resident Yevgeniy Lendel told Hawaii News Now. “We ran away from the hotel.”
Another local, Kaili Lee, praised hotel staff for helping evacuees from risk areas – saying he was given a room in a safe area during the long drama.
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