Man shot in Antioch, arrested after driving off and for outstanding warrants, Sunday, shooter sought

By Sergeant Santiago Castillo, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Sunday, February 8, 2015 at approximately 9:08 AM, Antioch Police Officers were dispatched to the 3700 block of Sunset Lane for the report of a shooting that just occurred with a subject shot. Upon arrival, Officers located the victim, 41-year-old Robert Morton seated in a U-haul moving truck suffering from a single gunshot wound. Officers were also aware that Morton was wanted on several outstanding warrants for his arrest. When officers attempted to remove Morton from the vehicle to provide first aid, he fled from them in his vehicle. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued that ended when officers lost the vehicle in the area of Deer Valley Rd and Blue Rock Dr.

A short time later APD dispatch received a call of a suspicious circumstance involving the U-haul moving truck taking place at a Chevron gas station located on Lone Tree Way in the city of Brentwood. Upon arrival, Officers from Brentwood PD and Antioch PD located the vehicle driving away. A traffic stop was conducted on the U-haul on Empire Ave and Wicklow Way. Morton was located in the back of the U-haul and was treated by medical personnel and transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released before being taken into custody on his outstanding warrants and the additional charge of evading.

The investigation into the identity of the shooter is ongoing but preliminary information gathered indicates Morton was the intended target.

If anyone has any information related to this incident, they are encouraged to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441. They may also text an anonymous tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH in the body of the text.

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