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18-year-old female dies, six others wounded in Antioch birthday party shooting early Sunday

Sunday, June 11th, 2023
One of the seven shooting victims is wheeled from the scene early Sunday morning, June 11, 2023. Photo courtesy of Art Ray, Bay News Video

Victims include four other females, two males; police seek unknown suspect(s)

By Lt. John Fortner, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Sunday, June 11, 2023 at approximately 12:58 AM, the Antioch Police Department Dispatch Center started receiving numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting multiple gunshots being fired at a residence in the 3300 block of Sunset Lane.

As officers were responding, witnesses called to report several victims had been shot. When officers arrived at the scene, they located multiple victims outside, and a large crowd. Officers were told a birthday party for a 19-year-old male was being held at the residence, which attracted a lot of party-goers. During the party, multiple shots were fired after some uninvited guests arrived. This created a panic where attendees, to include gunshot victims, fled in multiple directions and into the neighborhood. Many victims drove themselves to local area hospitals.

Police tape blocks the house where the shootings occurred on Sunday, June 11, 2023. Photo courtesy of Mike Burkholder,

After numerous officers secured the scene, it was determined a total of seven (7) people suffered from gunshot wounds.

– (1) 18-year-old female was transported to a local area hospital and succumbed to her injuries

– (1) 18-year-old male suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound

– (2) 19-year-old females and (1) 19-year-old male suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds

– (2) 20-year-old females suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds

Prior to police arrival, the suspect(s) fled the area in a vehicle and have not been contacted by police. Antioch Police Department’s Investigations Bureau responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Currently, detectives are interviewing numerous 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.

One of multiple bullet casing markets at the scene of the shooting on Sunset Lane in Antioch. Photo courtesy of Mike Burkholder,

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

Antioch Police Activities League 13th Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser Sept. 9

Monday, June 5th, 2023

Antioch Unified School District congratulates Class of 2023

Monday, June 5th, 2023

2023 Graduation Schedule:

Tuesday, June 6 – 7:00 p.m. – Prospects High School

Wednesday, June 7 – 7:00 p.m. – Bidwell High School

Wednesday, June 7 – 7:00 p.m. – Live Oak High School

Thursday, June 8 – 8:00 p.m. – Dozier-Libbey Medical High School

Friday, June 9 – 9:00 a.m. – Antioch High School

Friday, June 9 – 9:00 a.m. – Deer Valley High School

For more information visit

Junior at Antioch’s Dozier-Libbey High chosen delegate to The Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Thursday, June 1st, 2023
Dozier-Libbey Medical High School junior Jewel Milan-Rose Baker.

Honored with Award of Excellence; plans to be a neuro or general surgeon

ANTIOCH, CALIFORNIA — Jewel Milan-Rose Baker, an 11th grader and honor student at Dozier-Libbey Medical High School in Antioch, California has been chosen as a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders to be held June 21-23, 2023, just outside Boston, on the University of Massachusetts Lowell campus.

The Congress is an honors-only program by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Baker’s nomination was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent Dozier-Libbey Medical High School based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

“I’m happy to announce my nomination for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence for outstanding academic achievement, leadership potential, and determination to serve humanity in medicine,” Baker stated. “It is a gift and an excellent opportunity I look forward to participating in.”

During the three-day Congress, Baker will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients discuss leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

About her future plans Baker says, “I aim to become a neuro or general surgeon.”

For now, she is a member of the school’s Key Club, will be participating as a member of the Leadership Club and plans to run for senior class vice-president in the fall of 2023-24. Outside of school, her hobbies include reading and gardening. Baker also enjoys volunteering at the Antioch Library, lending a hand at the senior center when needed, and spending time with family and friends as much as possible. As a former Oakland School of the Arts student, she enjoyed the theater performance in which she studied.

Certified in CPR, Baker is an avid swimmer and this summer, she will be working her first job as a lifeguard at Hurricane Harbor Waterpark in Concord, CA.

This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially. Focused, bright and determined students like Jewel Baker are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to become physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, D.C. and with offices in Boston, MA, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists.

For more information about the program visit

Allen D. Payton contributed to this report.

“A Night on Broadway” free dance performance in Antioch Wed. afternoon, May 24

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

Presented by RFY Metropolis Dance and City of Antioch

The Pittsburg-based RFY Metropolis Dance and Academic Academy and City of Antioch’s Youth Services division of the Public Safety & Community Resources Department presents “A Night on Broadway” at the Nick Rodriguez Center in historic Rivertown, Wednesday afternoon, May 24 from 4:30-5:00 p.m. The event is free to attend.

Antioch-Chichibu Sister City organization raising funds to send student delegates, chaperones to Japan

Monday, May 22nd, 2023
Antioch’s 2023 Student Delegates for the trip to Chichibu, Japan in July. Source: Antioch Chichibu Sister City Organization.

The Antioch-Chichibu Sister City organization is an incredible nonprofit organization that works independent from the city of Antioch, raising their own funds. The purpose of the organization is to give Antioch and Chichibu students, ages 15-18, the life changing opportunity to experience each other’s country and culture while developing new, lifelong friendships abroad. The program teaches students the importance of communication, teamwork and integrity. Student delegates are selected from deserving applicants that will best represent our city.

Unfortunately, with increasing costs and no city support, students and adult chaperones are finding it difficult to participate in this worthwhile opportunity. Our young delegates are working tirelessly to make this trip a reality!

The 2023 trip to Chichibu, Japan is scheduled for mid-July. Any funds raised after that date will continue to contribute to this ongoing program and future delegates.

The goal is to raise $40,000. Contributions can be made on the GoFundMe page.

Your support in any amount helps provide a culturally immersive educational opportunity to our students. Thank you!

Antioch-Chichibu Sister City Organization to hold Park Day and Community Garage Sale May 20

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

Introduces 2023 Student Delegates

The Antioch-Chichibu Sister City Organization is excited to announce that we are back! After a short hiatus due to travel restrictions related to the pandemic, we are up and running again!

The Antioch/Chichibu Sister City Organization is a volunteer, non-profit organization comprised of interested citizens in both cities.

We are hosting a fun filled day at Chichibu Park on May 20th from 10am-3pm. Our activities will include a park clean up, fun kids’ games, snacks for sale, voting on our new organization logo, as well as local vendors and a community garage sale. We are still accepting vendors and garage sellers. We look forward to meeting and sharing information about our organization with many community members on Saturday!

The purpose of the organization is to give citizens of Antioch and Chichibu the opportunity to experience each other’s country and culture. The benefits of our program include the making of many friends between the two cities. We alternate years with Chichibu to send delegations to each other’s city for a roughly two-week home-stay. We last hosted our friends from Chichibu in 2018! This being an odd year, it is our turn to send a delegation to Chichibu. Our visit is scheduled for July 13th to the 23rd.

We have elected a new board: President Antwon Webster, Vice President Jessica Davis, Treasurer Jim Davis, Secretary Grace Mangaoang, Public Relations Abe Rodriguez, Board Member Cheryll Newberry, Board Member Margaret Skupa.

Source: Antioch Chichibu Sister City Org.

Our student delegates are: Noah Engle-Senior Antioch High, CoraRose Adams-Junior Antioch High, Albert Wong-Junior Antioch High, Abigail Monfil-Sophomore Antioch High, Madilyn Davis-Sophomore Antioch High, Haylee Wong-Sophomore Clayton Valley Charter High, Zion Engle-Sophomore Prospects High, Hillary Tam-Freshman Dozier Libby High, Alexander Ferguson-8th Grade Antioch Charter Academy

Our adult delegates are Antwon Webster, Jessica Davis, Cheryll Newberry, Grace Mangaoang, Abe Rodriguez and Tom Stinson.

Pizza with the Chief for Antioch youth Wed. May 17

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

To be held at Genesis Church, 1800 Woodland Drive, Antioch. For more information visit ANTIOCH YOUTH SPEAK! Pizza w/ the Chief | Facebook.