Waikapu AK-47 shooting suspect arrested

Police arrested a 37-year-old man Friday night for allegedly firing an AK-47 assault rifle into the air in a Waikapu neighborhood.

Witnesses heard shots and saw sparks and muzzle fire coming from the weapon fired by Waikapu resident Christopher Hook, said Maui Police Department officer Karen Wong, the department’s acting spokeswoman.

Around 10 p.m., police received calls from residents about the gunfire, and officers were dispatched to the scene near the intersection of Wilikona and Kemoa places, she said. Hook was found behaving “really erratic,” holding a 6-inch metal buck knife, although he was no longer in possession of the firearm.

Hook yelled obscenities at officers and resisted arrest, she said. Then, officers Tased Hook, pushing him face-first to the ground as they subdued him.

Hook sustained injuries to his face during the struggle, and Taser probes left injuries to his body, Wong said.

A witness told police the AK-47 was in Hook’s Ford pickup truck, and police could see it through a window, she said. While getting a search warrant, police impounded the vehicle and had it towed to the Wailuku Police Station.

Through investigation, police determined that the AK-47 was the weapon that had been shot earlier, she said. Police found spent ammunition casings on the ground.

There was no immediate determination of the number of shots fired or whether the weapon was firing single shots or bursts of fire.

Police didn’t know what triggered the man’s shooting spree, Wong said.

Hook’s license plate identified him as being a combat veteran, she said. When police took Hook into custody, he was wearing a military utility belt with knife sheaves and a green water canteen.

Hook remained in custody at the Wailuku Police Station. He was charged with first-degree reckless endangering, first-degree resisting arrest and four counts of first-degree terroristic threatening. Bail was set at $5,200.