Antioch police hunts for killer of teenager in park

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The boy who was found shot in an Antioch park has been identified, but his killer is still at large. 

Thomas Smith, 16, was from Louisiana and was visiting family in Antioch. 

According to police, at 11:22 a.m. December 17, police responded to gunshots being fired at Williamson Ranch Park at 5000 Lone Tree Way. 

Officers found Smith suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. 

Shortly after, police arrested a person with a firearm at a nearby Walmart. 

Before the arrival of the police, a dark-colored sedan was seen leaving the scene of the crime. 

“It appears the victim, and the subject detained at the Walmart, arrived together on-foot, and met with the occupants of a dark colored sedan in the parking lot,” a press release Dec. 18 stated. “Shortly afterwards, multiple shots were fired from, and/or around, the dark colored sedan.”

On December 27, a press release revealed that the person arrested at Walmart was a 15-year-old acquaintance of Smith and was arrested on charges unrelated to the homicide. 

Anyone with information that can lead to an arrest is asked to call 925-778-2441 or Detective Cox at 925-779-6866. People can also text a tip to 274637 using the keyword ANTIOCH.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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