ANTIOCH – Three men were arrested after a Wednesday afternoon gun battle downtown, with two of the suspects suffering from gunshot wounds, according to police.
At 5:11 p.m., officers went to J and West Ninth Streets after getting a report of shots fired, and at least one person wounded in the area. Upon arrival, officers found a handgun and numerous shell casings in two different locations on the ground. Witnesses in the area told police they saw several people running from the area into some nearby apartments after the shooting.
Based on information from witnesses, officers found 22-year-old Timothy Crabtree, of Antioch, in an apartment unit with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital and treated before being placed in police custody upon release, police said.
Officers then searched another apartment and found 29-year-old Alvin Crane, of San Pablo, hiding in a bathroom. Upon searching Crane, police discovered a gun, 21 small bags of cocaine and marijuana, as well as evidence of drug sales, police said.
The third suspect, 24-year-old Michael Johnson, of Antioch, later showed up at a local hospital and was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg, according to police. He was then arrested and booked on an outstanding warrant.
Crane was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and drug sales, as well as several charges related to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He had been arrested in August of 2014 on domestic violence and child endangerment charges. He is being held on $275,000 bail.
Crabtree was arrested and booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and violating his probation, police said.