On February 5 at approximately 8:30 pm Antioch Police Officers were dispatched to 20 E. 18th Street on the reports of shots fired in the Rite Aid parking lot.
Upon arrival Officers located 37 year old Leo Lopez of Antioch. Lopez advised he was just the victim of a carjacking at gunpoint and his white van was gone. Almost simultaneously the Antioch Police Department began receiving calls of a white van that had crashed into a parked car and came to rest in the front yard of a residence on W. 17th Street, west of A Street.
According to Antioch Police Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, on 17th Street they found Lopez’ van had crashed and the driver, a 27 year old male out of Pittsburg, had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was deceased.
“Upon further investigation it was learned that Lopez had parked in the Rite Aid lot and was sitting in his van while using his phone. While sitting in his van a subject unknown to him opened the door and got in and attempted to rob him at gunpoint,” explained Fuhrmann. “Lopez fled from the van and the unknown subject drove off in Lopez’s van. As the van was driving away, Lopez produced his own firearm and fired multiple shots into his own van.”
This case is still under investigation. No further information will be released at this time.
Anybody having information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Det. Dee at (925) 779-6884. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH
Editors Note – this is Antioch’s second homicide of 2016.