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Hawaii tourists face another false alarm scare: This time of an active shooter

Hawaii tourists face another false alarm scare: This time of an active shooter

It’s another story about Hawaii and a “this is not a test” scare.

This time it was mostly tourists who were affected when the shop manager at the 3.1 Phillip Lim store in the Waikiki International Market Place received an automated call at 12:00 noon today, Wednesday, July 3,2019, about an active shooter and included the message “this is not a test.”

The message was sent to all businesses in the International Market Place. Store managers were directed to lock their doors and head to the back of the store.

The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) confirmed that there was no active shooter.  According to Michelle Yu, spokeswoman or HPD, said in a statement that was emailed:

“There is NO active shooter threat. Shortly after noon today, a text was mistakenly sent to International Market Place businesses warning of an active shooter in the area. This was an error.”

This is the second time tourists and residents have had to endure false alarms of a dramatic emergency situation.

Last year on January 13, 2018, a false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii was sent because an emergency worker believed there really was a missile threat. It took the State of Hawaii Government 38 minutes to send a message on Twitter and Facebook that it was a false alarm.

That was over a half-hour of fear and panic over something that did not happen.