ANTIOCH -- A stray bullet fired from the street in the city's crime-ridden Sycamore Drive corridor struck a 31-year-old woman who was with her young son in a bedroom Monday night, police said, alarming residents and city officials who have become accustomed to gunplay in the area.
The woman's injury was not life-threatening, police said, and the child, whom police guess was between 5 and 7 years old, was not injured.
The shooting was reported around 6:05 p.m. near Sycamore Drive and Manzanita Way, according to a news release. Witnesses told arriving officers that a man had been standing in the street on Manzanita, shooting at a pickup truck as it drove past him.
A stray bullet apparently went through a second-story window of an apartment building in the 1400 block of Sycamore and struck the woman in the cheek, Lt. Pat Welch said. She is expected to fully recover, police said.
Police did not report any arrests related to the shooting.
Neighborhood residents interviewed Tuesday morning were not surprised to hear about a shooting in an area of the city where gunfire is common, but the circumstances of a mom being hit in her home added a degree of shock.
Lucy Mancia, who lives up the street from the multifamily unit struck by the stray bullet, said she's heard six episodes of gunfire in the vicinity since moving into the area in November.
On Monday night, Mancia heard "four shots, then two more." The thought of a mother being shot inside her home while with her young child is "very scary," she said.
"I know I'm nervous when my daughter hasn't come home and it's dark, and she's older," Mancia said.
Led by Mayor Wade Harper, Antioch has been working to create a committee of area residents, officials and faith-based leaders to focus on reducing violence in the Sycamore corridor.
Harper said his heart goes out to the mother, and he's glad to hear she is doing OK, noting similar incidents have sometimes yielded tragic results, such as a stray bullet that left a young Oakland boy paralyzed in 2008.
Unfortunately, he said, having a shooting in the Sycamore neighborhood isn't surprising.
"The first thing I thought about was 'How many of us were surprised?' Probably nobody in the community. I know I wasn't," Harper said. "We need to reset our expectations to where we don't expect (incidents) like this to happen."
"It's just people are going crazy around here. It's kind of dangerous," she said, adding that she often sees drug deals out in the open and other illicit activity in the area.
Harper is also planning to hold a community crime-prevention forum at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Antioch High School's Beede Auditorium, to talk about the city's crime problem and how residents can work together to improve the situation.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 925-779-6939. Tips can also be texted to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword ANTIOCH.