NOTE: The following is from our brother site, East County Today, and is used with their permission. The unusual nature of the occurrence was reason, we thought, for its publication:
The Antioch Police Department are investigating an “accidental death” of a 15-year-old Antioch resident that occurred at 9:55 am Thursday in the 4300 block of Palomar Drive in Antioch.
According to Antioch Police Sergeant John Fortner, they were told the 15-year-old subject was accidentally shot with a BB gun by another 15-year-old. Both the victim and suspect are Antioch residents.
Fortner explained once at the scene, officers located a15-year-old male victim, who was on the ground with what appeared to be a small wound to his chest. The victim was unresponsive and first-aid/life saving measures were started.
The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injury.
“During the investigation, it was learned that the juvenile victim was shot with a pellet rifle once in the chest, by a juvenile, male friend. At this time, based on several witness statements and evidence located at the scene, the incident appears to be a tragic accident,” said Fortner.
All of the parties at the scene are cooperating with the investigation which is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non emergency line at (925)778-2441. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.