VALLEJO, Calif. - A two-year-old boy died in a shooting incident in Vallejo on Friday, according to police.
Vallejo police say a family member had brought the child to a hospital Friday morning, but the child did not survive. KTVU learned the hospital. Sutter Solano Medical Center, notified Vallejo police.
"At approximately 11:20 a.m., we had a report of a toddler with a gunshot wound at one of the local hospitals," said Sgt. Rashad Hollis, the Vallejo Police Department's public information officer.
Hollis said detectives went to the 400 block of Alhambra Avenue around 11:30 a.m. and blocked off the intersection at Cabrillo Avenue around a home.
"We're still in the prelim of that investigation, and they're processing the scene for evidence," Hollis said, adding there were no 911 calls associated with the shooting.
People at the house said their mother is the homeowner, but was not there at the time. They said they did not know who the child was.
Police say they are investigating how the child was shot and said it was too early to disclose whether the injury was self-inflicted.
Hollis said investigators were processing the scene for evidence. Police worked the area for more than six hours. The collection of evidence took more time than usual due to staffing shortages.
He does not believe the public is at risk as a result of the shooting.
A patient at the hospital told KTVU that they overheard someone shouting "I need help" and entered the emergency room.
Neighbors witnessed law enforcement swarming the residential area to investigate. Yellow crime scene tape still hangs from the corner street sign.
"There was a big, it looked like an armored car or something up there. And there were several officers," one neighbor said. "They had the whole intersection roped off, so there were people turning around going the other way, because they couldn't get through," said Teresa Cleland of Vallejo.
She said the under-staffing of the police department is "sad."
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Hollis would not say whether a firearm was recovered. No arrests have been made as detectives continue to review evidence.