Antioch, CA- On June 6, 2023, Mayor Thorpe issued the following statement regarding the mass shooting in Antioch:
"Birthdays are one of the most intimate and sacred celebrations in everyone's life. They represent growth, reflection, and appreciation for life's gifts. Over the weekend one such celebration was cut short as a result of gun violence.
An 18-year-old young lady lost her life and 6 others were injured. My heart is with the victims and families of this horrific incident.
Across the US, there have been at least 290 mass shootings so far this year. I'm saddened to report that Antioch joins the growing list of cities that have experienced mass shootings in 2023.
Earlier this morning, I was briefed by Chief Steve Ford about this weekend's incident. During my briefing, I reiterated to the Chief that the officers involved in the racist text-messaging scandal (who are currently on administrative leave) need to be fired immediately so we can free up those positions and hire new police officers directly from the academy.
Each day these officers are on leave is another day we are prevented from having a stronger police presence on our streets to deter and/or respond to gun violence."