At approximently 2:50 pm Thursday, Antioch Police Department officers responded to a report of a man with a firearm at Antioch High School in the City of Antioch.
At least one adult male, who is a non-student, was taken into custody with a weapon, which was not identified as of press time. This was after site safety talked the man off campus after he had entered the gate, while calling 9-1-1.
The following autodialer will be going out to staff and students shortly. I want to commend the staff who intervened and acted quickly to ensure all students and staff were safe.
“Good afternoon, this is Mr. Jimno, Principal of Antioch High School. Following dismissal this afternoon, a non-student entered campus and site security noticed what they believed was a weapon. Staff immediately called 9-1-1 and the non-student was removed from campus. The individual is in now in police custody.
Approximately 30 minutes later, a staff member witnessed a light-colored SUV driving down G Street at a high rate of speed. A passenger in the car appeared to have a rifle pointed in the direction of the school. The passenger was wearing a red, hooded sweatshirt and black mask. Police were notified immediately. It is unknown at this time if the perpetrators are in custody.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions, etc. Thank you.”
Check back for updates as Antioch Police Department has not offered a statement on the incident.
Friday UPDATE via Antioch Police
Yesterday afternoon, officers were sent to Antioch High School on report of a man (Elijah Lowery, 18) seen near the campus with a handgun tucked into his waistband.
Thanks to an alert citizen, APD officers (with the assistance from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office Air Unit) located the described individual shortly after he left the area.
A loaded firearm was recovered after an unsuccessful attempt at hiding it.
An adult male was arrested for possession a loaded firearm in a school zone and sent to the County Jail.
We are grateful for our partnership with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and for the exceptional service they provide communities like ours with their Air Unit.
Special thanks to those who saw something not right and immediately said something to our exceptional dispatchers, who immediately sent officers to make a successful and safe apprehension.