ANTIOCH -- A shrine on a sidewalk Thursday morning marked the scene where police say a 16-year-old Antioch boy died the night before in a hail of bullets.

Authorities said Jose Guerrero was hit several times and was unresponsive when emergency crews arrived about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 4900 block of Country Hills Drive.

Police did not say whether the teen was targeted, if he knew who shot him or if they have any suspects.

"We're following up on the information we have," Antioch police Acting Lt. Tony Morefield said. "We certainly would love the public's help with this."

Deer Valley High principal Ken Gardner said Jose had been a student at that school before transferring to a continuation school, Prospects High School, this year.

The shrine on Thursday included a dozen candles, a wooden cross and some roses. The scene is not far from Knoll Park in a neighborhood of tract homes near Highway 4.

The killing was the city's third homicide in nine days, the only three of the year.

Antioch had not seen a homicide since New Year's Eve, but that streak ended April 8 when 36-year-old Rushawn Thomas was shot near Joe's Liquor & Food in the 1900 block of D Street. He died later at a hospital.

On Friday, the owner of Hardy Nix Jewelry store shot and killed 20-year-old David Carter, of Antioch, while police said he and another man attempted to rob the store. That shooting is considered a homicide under a law stating that anyone involved in a robbery that ends in a fatal outcome can be charged with murder, Morefield said.


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Staff writer Paul Burgarino contributed to this story. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.