VALLEJO, Calif. (KGO) --A woman was found fatally shot on the porch of a home in Vallejo on Sunday night. The shooting was reported at 10:21 p.m. Sunday on Mare Island Way, where officers responded and found the 57-year-old woman dead on the porch. The woman has been identified as Vallejo resident Lillie Mae Christianson.
Officers identified a suspect whose home was nearby. They took the suspect, 45-year-old Michael David Wilson, into custody on suspicion of murder and also found the weapon believed to be used in the shooting. Police say he used a high-powered gun.
Neighbors say they were not surprised by the shooting and say Wilson was a ticking time bomb. "He picked on everybody. He called them the n-word," Reginald Posey said.
Posey said he's had problems with his neighbor Wilson for years. But when Wilson knocked on his door Sunday night, it was Christianson who answered the door and then fatally shot. "She didn't say nothing. She just walked up, she don't mess with nobody. She's a nice lady," he said.
Police are trying to figure out why Christianson was shot. "Don't know what the motives are at this point. There was speculation based upon initial statements made by people out at the scene that could've been racially motivated," police said.
Neighbors believe it was racially motivated. Even though the victim and suspect are white, she was in Posey's apartment, a man residents say the man often targeted. "He was a horrible person. He was mean and he was nasty and he was a racist," one woman said.
"It was the hatred that was just so ugly and blatant," another woman added.
Christianson's son said his mom was still in her prime. "She said I'll be right back son, I love you and I said 'I love you too mama.' That was the last time," Robert Patterson said.
Robertson was close to his mom and even has her name tattooed on his forearm. He doesn't know why she was shot.
Police at this point aren't calling it a case of mistaken identity and Posey says it could've been anyone. "I guess he just snapped. If I would've been out here, he would've just shot me and if my neighbor would've been out here, he would've shot. He picked on everybody," Posey said.
There was a triple shooting on the same block within the week. All three of the people who were shot survived. Neighbors tell ABC7 News they think the triple shooting was gang related.
Police say they don't think the two shootings are related, but aren't ruling it out.
Bay City News contributed to this story.