Last Friday at about 6:30 p.m., police responded to the report of a gunshot victim on the 2300 block of Dogwood Way, in the dangerous Sycamore Drive neighborhood. When officers arrived, they found Antioch resident Dimontai Glaspie, 24, in front of a house suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Glaspie was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. According to Acting Captain Leonard Orman, witnesses told police that a black man in his early 20s with short hair, standing 6 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds, was seen fleeing the scene with another black man, between 18 and 22 years old, standing roughly 5-7 and weighing about 150.
Officers are still trying to determine a motive and obtain leads. “We’re speaking to a lot of folks that were in and around the area and we’re working toward identifying suspects in this case,” Orman said. “We do not have any suspects to name at this time.”
Orman said Tuesday that there’s no clear evidence the homicide is gang-related.
Members of the community held a candlelight vigil on Saturday, mourning Glaspie’s death and calling for peace.
Five shootings occurred in the Sycamore neighborhood last April, though none were fatal. Glaspie’s slaying marks the fifth homicide of the year in Antioch. In 2010, the city saw 13 homicides – five in December.
Those with information regarding this homicide or these suspects should call Detective Desmond Bittner at 925-779-6939.
The night before, police responded to the report of a man shot at about 5:55 p.m. the 4900 block of Parkgreen Circle. A neighborhood resident reported that shots had been fired and that people wielding guns were in his backyard.
Upon arrival, officers found a 36-year-old man suffering from two gunshot wounds, but no one else in the vicinity. Sgt. Steve Bias noted that the man was a resident of the neighborhood, which is near Hillcrest Avenue.
The victim was transported to the hospital and listed in serious condition, but doctors expected him to live. Orman confirmed on Tuesday that the man is expected to recover. “It appears that the victim in that case is going to be fine,” Orman said. “He’s been released from the hospital.”
Orman noted that the shooting is unrelated to Glaspie’s and does not appear to be gang-related. Police are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting, and are investigating potential suspects.
“We are pursuing some leads that we have,” Orman said.