FBI Responding to Active Shooter in Waikiki

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Two police officers were shot in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sunday and the gunman is being sought, authorities said. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that officers had responded to an assault call near the base of Diamond Head when they encountered a male with a firearm, who then opened fire, striking two officers. A home the suspected gunman was believed to be inside caught fire and was quickly engulfed by flames, the AP reports. The fire at the home has since spread to four neighboring homes and a parked police vehicle. The Honolulu Fire Department was battling the blazes. No arrests have been made. Police have closed several streets nearby. The public has been asked to avoid the area.


Reports from the scene as of 11:10am local time said live ammunition from the suspect’s house was still exploding, and the fires had caused live electrical wires to fall onto the street. “I was walking my dogs and now we’re under siege. This has never happened before here,” says a local resident in a Facebook Live video she posted of the homes on fire, with heavily armed officers in view, per the Daily Beast. “It’s pretty sad. Pray for us, please. Pray for us.” An FBI spokesperson tells CNN, “We are responding to an active shooter in Waikiki. That is what we are responding to. It is developing.” The officers’ conditions have not been disclosed but one witness reported seeing a female officer being carried from the scene unconscious. (Read more Hawaii stories.)

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