ANTIOCH -- A Tuesday afternoon shooting that left one man dead and another critically wounded -- the latest in a series of shootings that wounded 12 other people in as many days -- prompted city leadership to authorize putting a violent crime suppression team onto streets in an effort to reassure residents.

Police said a 23-year-old Pittsburg man was killed and a 28-year-old Antioch man was critically wounded in the shooting at 2:34 p.m. Tuesday at the Delta View Apartments in the 3900 block of Delta Fair Boulevard.

An unknown dispute began at one end of the complex, according to Sgt. Santiago Castillo. Police arriving on the scene found the Pittsburg man dead in a car at the other end of the complex. His identity was not immediately released.

The Delta View Apartments in the 3900 block of Delta Fair Boulevard of Antioch.
The Delta View Apartments in the 3900 block of Delta Fair Boulevard of Antioch. (Paul Burgarino)

The Antioch man was found about two blocks away at another apartment complex on Hudson Court. Police said the man was shot in the Delta View Apartments parking lot but fled the scene. That man was still in surgery early Tuesday evening, police said.

Police were still investigating and had not released any information on suspects, motive or arrests.

The killing is the fifth homicide in Antioch this year, all since April, and follows a bloody 11-day period where 12 other people were wounded by gunfire in the city, including seven people who were shot at a house party on June 28. An 11-year-old boy was shot Thursday but was expected to survive; police arrested a 14-year-old boy in that shooting later the same day.

Mayor Wade Harper said Tuesday that, after talking to police Chief Allan Cantando and City Manager Steve Duran, the city will launch a proactive violent crime suppression team effort, as Duran used his authority to authorize overtime for law enforcement efforts.

Harper expressed his frustration that the city had reduced crime in the first part of the year and is hiring officers, but the recent spate of gun violence has made residents feel unsafe.

"It feels like we take one step forward and two steps back," Harper said. "Whenever there's a spike in crime, we have to step up and increase our enforcement to get guns and violent criminals off the street. We need to address this crime problem."

"Cities of our size are going to go through spikes from time to time, so hopefully putting the extra resources toward it will be a calming measure," Cantando said.

Police had been doing monthly targeted enforcement details. Now, every week, they will be in various locations and at differing times, Cantando said.

The chief is also in contact with resources in the FBI, CHP and other local agencies, Harper said.

Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call them at 925-778-2441.