Photo: File photo of Elijah M. Lowery during arrest | Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office
Written By: Jim Emerson
ANTIOCH — An 18-year-old man was arrested for allegedly carrying a loaded firearm onto the campus of Antioch High School. Elijah M. Lowery, a resident of Antioch, was held at the Martinez Detention Facility in lieu of $100,000 bond.
After school was dismissed October 20, a man entered the school campus with a firearm tucked inside his waistband. Security reported the incident and a description of the suspect to police. The suspect left the school campus before officers arrived on the scene. Apparently, he did not go far. Shortly afterward, school staff saw an SUV driving along G Street at a high rate of speed, and a passenger pointing a firearm at the school.
Antioch police responded at 2:55 p.m. A helicopter from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to help find the suspect. Lowery was detained and arrested at 3:15 p.m. Thankfully, no one was reported injured.
A statement released by the Antioch Police Department said. “APD officers with help from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office air unit apprehended the individual. A loaded firearm was recovered from the suspect after an unsuccessful attempt at hiding it.”
Lowery is not a student at the high school. He was booked for possession of a firearm in a school zone, possession of a loaded firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon. He is presently no longer listed in the county jail roster.