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The Associated Press

Businesses receive false shooter alert

HONOLULU — A shopping center in a Hawaii tourist mecca sent a false alert to merchants informing them of an active shooter.

International Market Place in Waikiki says in a statement the message was inadvertently sent Wednesday during a routine test of an emergency communication system.

Magnolia Ice Cream & Treats employee Ronan Andal says it was a little scary to receive an automated phone call warning of an active shooter. He says the call didn’t provide any information about what to do so “we just kept doing our thing.”

He says another automated call came about 20 minutes later saying it was a false alarm.

Honolulu police sent an alert saying there’s no active shooter threat. Police say a text was mistakenly sent to businesses.

International Market Place’s statement apologizes.


No injuries as plane lands on Hawaii road

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — A single-engine plane with two people on board made an emergency landing on a road near a resort on Hawaii island.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot of the Cessna 206 declared an emergency due to engine failure Wednesday.

The pilot told the Kona International Airport control tower they needed to land on a road. The pilot landed on Waikoloa Road about one mile south of Waikoloa Village at about 10:45 a.m.

Hawaii County managing director Wil Okabe says there were no injuries. The FAA says there was no damage.

The FAA is investigating the incident.