The victim, a 16-year-old male, was taken immediately by paramedics to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek and is expected to live. The victim and suspect are members of rival gangs. The suspect was identified as 17-year-old Claudio Vasquez of Antioch.
On Aug. 26, investigators served a search warrant at Vasquez’s home, but he was not located. A warrant was issued for his arrest. On Aug. 27, Vasquez turned himself in to the Antioch Police Department.
• • • Aug. 25, 10:20 p.m. Officers on foot in the area of Rossi Avenue heard the revving noise of an engine and found a male subject sitting on a motorcycle in a yard of a house, revving the engine repeatedly.
As the officers approached, the subject – 20-year-old Antioch resident Robert Kelly – tried to drive away, riding unsteadily on the sidewalk. Officers called to Kelly to stop so they could address the municipal code (loud engine noise) and vehicle code (driving on a sidewalk) violations, but Kelly tried to drive past them.
As Kelly passed slowly by, one officer grabbed Kelly’s shirt to stop him and he fell off the motorcycle, but was not injured.
Further investigation indicated that the motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Pittsburg. Kelly was also found to possess a small amount of methamphetamine. He was booked at County Jail on auto theft and drug charges.
• • • Aug. 29, 11:46 p.m. Officers responded to the report of three subjects armed with handguns and a man armed with a shotgun at 500 W. Fifth St. The subjects fled the scene in a white sedan, which officers located and followed to the foot of G Street, where it turned into a dead-end parking lot.
When officers activated their emergency lights and ordered the occupants out of the car, the driver drove the car directly at one of the officers. The officer jumped out of the way and fired on the car. The car struck the officer’s patrol car, exited the parking lot and crashed into a barrier on G Street. The three occupants fled the scene on foot.
After an extensive search, a suspect believed to be a passenger was found running from the area and was arrested. The driver apparently was injured but at the time it was not known if it was from gunshots or the accident.
Police searched the area for approximately two hours with K-9s and the Contra Costa County helicopter. Officers eventually located a subject, believed to be the driver, hiding in blackberry bushes near the railroad tracks near I Street. The subject had sustained at least one gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.
The third subject was not located.