"He parked in middle of the street. He got out of the car and he lit some fireworks."
#DEVELOPING At least a dozen bullet holes in the side of #Vallejo church after woman and young girl shot in a car nearby. Both are fighting for their lives. Witness tells #ABC7NEWS, suspect drove up, lit fireworks in the street and then started shooting at group of people. pic.twitter.com/rKJOSpDIE3— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) July 1, 2021
#DEVELOPING @VallejoPd now say 8-yr-old girl shot near local church last night has been upgraded to stable condition. 30 yr old woman still critical. Police will not confirm if the two are mother and daughter. They were riding in a car when shots fired outside the church. pic.twitter.com/ESCi2tv6bS— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) July 1, 2021
That's how one man, who does not want to be identified, described what happened Wednesday night just after 10:30 p.m., when he was near Vallejo's Evangelist Temple Fellowship Center. Suddenly, he said a tan colored sedan pulled up and at least one man took aim at group of people.
"And right after the fireworks, he grabbed a handgun and started shooting at the corner," said the witness. "He tried to avoid the gunshots with the fireworks. Like a distraction."
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Among those hit by the gunfire, a 30-year-old woman and 8-year-old girl who were inside this car. Both were struck by at least one bullet, with the woman in critical condition and the young girl in stable condition at a local hospital. Vallejo police would not say if the two are mother and daughter.
"They were inside a vehicle," said Chief Shawny Williams. "They were riding in a car and that child was shot, with the woman inside the car. It's a needless act of violence against a child and it's intolerable. Our community needs to stand up."
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By the light of day, the stucco exterior of the church building itself has at least a dozen bullet holes in it.
Two of those rounds went through a side window. The pastor told us, he's grateful, no one was here inside the church at the time of the shooting."
"I'm grateful no one was here," said Evangelist Temple Pastor Frederick Stewart, "and I'm also grateful the rounds are so high up, even if someone were here, they wouldn't have been hit."
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"It's very heartbreaking to see our church shot up like the way it is here in South Vallejo," said parishioner Freddie Blair as she looked at the many bullet holes.
Ahmad Malik and his young family lives just up the street.
"Something has to change," said Malik as he and his partner walked with their two young children. "Something has to definitely change for me, my family, my kids. But you know it's going to take more than me talking, or worrying about it, for things to change."
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"It's scary, you never know what's going to happen," said Dariyan Gaddis, "but we just have to try to protect our little ones, ourselves."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Vallejo police.