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UPDATE: Mother, 8-Year-Old Child Found Shot In Car Outside Vallejo Temple

VALLEJO (CBS SF) -- A mother and child were hospitalized after being shot while sitting in a car outside a Vallejo temple late Wednesday night, police said.

The shooting happened at the Evangelist Temple on Sonoma Boulevard near Chestnut St. around 10:30 p.m.

Vallejo police said officers arrived to find a woman and her eight-year-old child inside a car in the temple's parking lot both suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Both were taken to local hospitals.

As of Thursday afternoon, Vallejo police said in a statement that the woman remains in critical condition, while the child is in stable condition.

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Police at the scene of a shooting outside Evangelist Temple in Vallejo, June 30, 2021. (CBS)

Evidence markers dotted the parking lot area of the Pentecostal church and there were numerous bullet holes in both the victims' vehicle and the building.

Police closed Sonoma Blvd. during the investigation.

The shooting was one of two in Vallejo reported Wednesday night. Just before 9 p.m., a man was shot about four miles away on the 100 block of Violet Ave. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

"Everyone in our community should feel outraged that an innocent child's life has been shattered by needless gun violence," Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams said. "It's important that our entire community join us in this effort to send a message to criminals that their actions will not be tolerated in our city."

Anyone with information in the temple shooting is asked to contact Detective Joel Caitham at 707-648-4280 or Detective Wesley Pittman at 707-648-5426.


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