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Teen killed, residents shot in Antioch home invasion

June 8, 2010 7:12:03 PM PDT
Antioch police are looking for a third intruder in a violent home invasion that left two homeowners in critical condition and a 15-year-old robber dead.

The shooting happened at 4:30 a.m. and police spent most of Tuesday collecting evidence. One of the difficulties has been interviewing the homeowners, who remain hospitalized. Police still want to know whether they knew the three boys who broke into the house and why they had so much marijuana inside.

Residents on Aster Drive woke up Tuesday morning to teams of SWAT officers with their guns drawn, pounding on doors and searching backyards in the hunt for a suspect in an early morning home invasion that turned deadly.

"It's scary; we just moved here a couple months ago and it's really scary; I woke up and turned on the TV and I see that people were shot; I never would have thought in this neighborhood," neighbor Eliticia Owens said.

Police say three teenage boys broke into the home through the back window.

"The male homeowner indicated that three black males were breaking into his residence and a short time afterwards he indicated he had actually shot one of the individuals," Antioch Police Capt. Allan Cantando said.

A 15-year-old was killed and the homeowner was holding a 17-year-old at gunpoint when police arrived. The 17-year-old was taken in for questioning and the SWAT team spent hours searching for the third suspect.

The man and woman who lived in the home were rushed to the hospital in helicopters. Police say one of the robbers shot the woman. It is unclear whether the man was shot intentionally by an intruder or during the scuffle.

Police believe the motive was likely the marijuana they discovered growing inside two rooms of the house. They found at least 10 plants and growing equipment.

"When people do engage in the criminal element of growing marijuana, often times that secret is not a well kept secret and the criminal elements who would steal from drug dealers do take advantage of that," Cantando said.

A 2-year-old boy and a 10-month-old girl were inside the home during the chaos. Uninjured, they were handed over to their grandmother.

Police still have not released the identities of any of the victims and they did not have much of a description on the suspects. At this point, it was still unclear to police whether the homeowners were legally allowed to grow the plants, which police confiscated.


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