Adrian Pantoja was killed when he was rolling up the jump house after his niece's third birthday in North Vallejo late Saturday, a family member said Sunday.
The 18-year-old Vallejo man was shot multiple times at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the driveway of a home in the 100 block of Sawyer Street.
Pantoja, who suffered numerous wounds, was taken to the hospital by family members and later pronounced dead at about 12:55 a.m., police said.
Also wounded in the shootings was a 2-year-old pit bull, which was taken by animal control officers to a local veterinarian for treatment, police added.
Relative Vicky Aguirre said Pantoja was "well-liked" and "shy... but once you got him talking he had such a great sense of humor."
Aguirre, who grew up with Pantoja, said he was not involved in gangs and was the third child out of four.
"He's hardworking," she said, adding that Pantoja was working with his father to help out the family. He also was planning to go back to the Vallejo Adult School for his General Education Diploma.
"We (the family) are trying to keep it together," Aguirre said. "We are trying to stay strong."
She added that the violence was not a "family issue," but a community one.
"There's a lot going on here in Vallejo," Aguirre said. "We all love Vallejo. It's where we grew up, it's where we make our lives. The people we share it with (our community) is essentially our family and it's up to us especially the younger generations to turn
things around and make it safe again.
"Whatever they had going on between them, (the suspects) decided to go about it this way. There are other ways for things to be handled. ... We don't wish them any harm, and we are trying not to be resentful. But we want to see justice, the last thing we want is for something like this to happen to someone else."
Vallejo police said they believe two suspects were involved in the shootings, and are following leads.
Police have released no descriptions of the suspects as of Sunday.
A community candle light vigil is planned at 6 p.m., Saturday, at the North Vallejo Community Park on Fairgrounds Drive and Whitney Avenue, Aguirre said.
The family is also seeking donations to help cover funeral expenses. For more information, email ChaseThaDream@gmail.com.
The shooting follows a string of violence in the city during the last two weeks, including a double homicide and two fatal officer-involved shootings.
Anyone with information on the latest case can call the Vallejo Police Department at 1 (800) 488-9383.
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