A white Mazda CX-3 with an open driver's side door is parked on the street. Evidence markers are placed on the road, and the car appears to be part of a crime scene investigation.
Evidence markers are seen behind a Mazda in which a man was shot and killed on July 5, 2024 in Vallejo, Calif. (Geoffrey King / Open Vallejo)

At least one gunman wielding a rifle wounded two people at a shopping center hours after a driver was killed in a Vallejo intersection on Friday afternoon, capping a chaotic 24 hours in the city already strained by fireworks and fires.

The fatal shooting occurred around midday at the intersection of Tennessee and Humboldt Streets, according to dispatch audio. Hours later, evidence placards remained scattered near a light gray Mazda with a blown-out rear passenger window and a bullet hole in the windshield. The driver was shot once in the head, according to police. The incident marks Vallejo’s 10th homicide of 2024.

A police officer directs pedestrian traffic at a crime scene. A person with a hat stands nearby on the sidewalk. Yellow police tape and evidence markers are visible, indicating an ongoing investigation.
A Vallejo police officer directs a man who walked up to a homicide scene at Tennessee and Humboldt Streets in Vallejo, Calif. on July 5, 2024. (Geoffrey King / Open Vallejo)

Vallejo police arrived and began CPR within minutes, according to dispatch traffic. Less than two minutes later, an officer indicated that the coroner would likely be required. The victim clung to life and was transported to Kaiser hospital, where he died soon after, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation.

A close-up view of a shattered glass door with visible bullet holes. The image is taken through metal bars that partially obstruct the view. The reflections in the glass hint at trees and the sky in the background.
Bullet holes from a high-powered rifle pierced the glass of the former military recruiting station near where two people were shot on July 5, 2024 in Vallejo, Calif. (Geoffrey King / Open Vallejo)

Hours after the fatal shooting, a man and a juvenile male walked into Kaiser with injuries that were not life-threatening, following a shooting near a barbershop in the Vallejo Plaza Shopping Center, according to Vallejo Police spokesperson Sgt. Rashad Hollis. The injuries included “at least one gunshot,” he said.

Police arrested a man who accompanied the victims to the hospital while allegedly armed with a gun, according to Hollis.

“There was an armed individual who was taken into custody without incident,” Hollis said. The man can be heard protesting his arrest in dispatch audio. “Come on, dog, all my family just got shot,” the man told police.

No other arrests have occurred in either shooting, Hollis said, adding that police are “still in the preliminary stages” of both investigations.

Geoffrey King is the executive editor of Open Vallejo. Prior to founding Open Vallejo, Geoffrey worked as an attorney and journalist focused on free expression, open government, press freedom and privacy. He is a proud native of Vallejo, California.