Couple shot, female dies in Antioch Thursday night, police seek suspect

Possibly domestic violence related; City’s second homicide this month

By Lt. John Fortner, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Thursday, May 25, 2023, at approximately 8:45 PM, the Antioch Police Department Dispatch Center started receiving numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting multiple gunshots being fired at the 4400 block of Delta Fair Boulevard.

As officers were responding, witnesses called to report two victims were down on the ground and yelling for help. When officers arrived at the scene, they located two victims outside. One male victim was suffering from at least two gunshot wounds to his legs, and one female victim was suffering from what appeared to be two gunshot wounds to the head. Evidence at the scene indicated the incident occurred outdoors in front of several residences. Officers immediately began administering first aid and called for fire department and AMR paramedics. The 43-year-old male victim was transported to a local area hospital, and the 39-year-old female victim ultimately succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

Prior to police arrival, the suspect fled the area in a vehicle and has not been contacted by police. During the preliminary investigation, it appears the victims and the suspect knew each other, and this homicide is likely domestic (violence) in nature.

Antioch Police Department’s Investigations Bureau responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Currently, detectives are interviewing witnesses and residents in the area and are working to identify any suspects or persons of interest. The investigation is still active, and evidence is being collected.

This is the City’s second homicide of the month.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Duffy, at (925) 779-6884, or Detective Gragg, at (925) 779-6889. You may also text-a-tip anonymously to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

Allen D. Payton contributed to this report.

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