VALLEJO, Calif. (KRON) – Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting at a child’s birthday party in Vallejo that claimed the lives of two women and left three others – including a 10-year-old child – injured.
According to the Vallejo Police Department, officers responded to reports of a shooting at a kid’s birthday party just before 10 p.m. in the 100 block of Cynthia Avenue.
At the scene, officers found all 5 victims all suffering from gunshot wounds.
Two women, ages 63 and 37, died at a local hospital.
“It’s deeply disturbing that they would target small children and women and the men who were there,” Vallejo Police Chief Shawn Williams said. “But it was a toddler’s birthday party and this level of violence is disturbing.”
Three additional victims – a man, woman, and one child – suffered non-life threatening injuries in the shooting and are expected to survive. All victims except the 10-year-old child (who is believed to be from Benicia) are Vallejo residents.
According to police, a group of shooters drove up to the party, got out of the car, and targeted the victims.
These are Vallejo’s 10th and 11th murders this year.
“We need your support,” Chief Williams said. “We need to be united with our residents, faith based communities, with our non profits we need to come together to reduce violence.”
Vallejo’s police chief says police cannot do it alone, it will take the community coming together.
“I have seen people I went to middle school and high school all reaching out about how we can put an end to violence,” Maui Wilson said.
Maui Wilson, with the Vallejo Peace Project says anger over the police killing of George Floyd has brought people together. He says now what’s needed is the city to allocate needed funding to reduce violence.
“If we have people competing for resources so that will lead to crime in those areas, so if we can contribute more resources and funds for housing food child care community organization, we believe it would curb the violence at least,” Wilson said.
No other details on the multiple shooters involved have been released.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 707-648-4278 or the Vallejo Police Department Crime Tip Line at 1-800-488-9383.