Antioch residents grow concerned about gun violence

April 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
There is growing concern about gun violence in an East Bay neighborhood. It's happening near Sycamore Drive and Dogwood Way in Antioch. Residents say the gunfire has gotten out of control. The police were unable to substantiate an increase in shootings there, but the residents at one apartment complex are adamant about it.

The security gates around the RiverStone Apartments, in Antioch, have kept the criminal element out, but residents there say it's a false sense of security from the gunfire that surrounds them.

"If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time... you know, if you're just walking by, or even if it goes through the walls of your apartment," said Cindy Riggs, an apartment resident.

Residents say the shootings, along this part of Sycamore Drive are becoming more and more frequent.

"It's been just in the last year that's it's gotten to the point where it's daily," said another apartment resident.

"Today, it was like eight different gunshots and then a week ago it was four and a girl got shot, and it's just getting scary," said Christina Scharff, an apartment resident.

This past Friday, police say one person was shot just outside the apartment complex. They say they are well aware of the problems and all extra officers are being diverted to their part of Antioch.

"I think they're doing the best that they can with the amount of officers that they have on their force," said Riggs.

Still, residents here say it hasn't silenced the guns.

"I worry about all these kids around here. They're around here every day playing in the parking lot and on the play structure. You never know where it's coming from, you never know when you're going to get hit. It's scary," said Scharff.

Police say part of the problem is the high density housing plan in that part of town. It's full of four-plexes and alley ways which make it easy for criminals to hide, which makes it hard for police to find them.