A 16-year-old student at Deer Valley High School in Antioch has died after having been shot Friday night following a basketball game, school district officials acknowledged Sunday afternoon.
Antioch police officers were called about 8:45 p.m. Friday to a parking lot outside the high school on Lone Tree Way in southeast Antioch, and found the boy with three gunshot wounds. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
The shooting occurred just after a basketball game between Deer Valley and crosstown rival Antioch High School. Police said people were leaving the Deer Valley gym when a large group of juveniles started fighting in the parking lot, and shots were fired.
In a Facebook post Sunday signed by Antioch school district Superintendent Stephanie Anello and Deer Valley Principal Bukky Oyebade, they said:
“We, along with the rest of the district, denounce this senseless violence and call on the community to come together to address such vicious brutality. Our children must be taught that solving disagreements with violence is not the answer and that there are other ways to resolve our differences that do not result in the unjust and unnecessary killing of our youth.”
The post continued:
“Finally, we ask that everyone in this community and nearby communities, model the love and peace they hope to create.”