- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

PITTSBURG, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California city will install security cameras on one of two freeways where at least 20 shootings have occurred since November, several of them deadly.

The latest drive-by shooting on Highway 4 occurred Sunday night in Antioch, about 45 miles east of San Francisco. A 22-year-old man was taken to the hospital for a shoulder wound after an assailant riddled his car with bullets, police say. The driver was awake and alert when emergency workers arrived, Sgt. Rick Martin said.

Police were investigating whether it was related to the other shootings along Highway 4 and Interstate 80. Investigators have said that some of the shootings may be connected to a gang feud.

In nearby Pittsburg, the City Council on Monday voted in favor of spending $100,000 to put in security cameras along the stretch of freeway that crosses through the city, San Francisco Bay Area station KNTV-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1TSjdw0 ).

“It’s scary,” Pittsburg resident James Rand told the TV station. “You never know - a stray bullet can hit an innocent person. I think (video cameras) would definitely help the neighborhood out and crack down on all this violence that’s happening out here.”

On Monday, police reported a shooting between two alleged rival gangs that started on surface streets in nearby Antioch and then spilled onto Highway 4. Antioch police say no one was injured and that they have multiple suspects in custody, KNTV-TV reported.

Last week, a 25-year-old Vallejo woman was killed while traveling in a car on Highway 4 in Pittsburg, marking the sixth shooting on the city’s stretch of freeway since June.

Other cities along Highway 4 also are considering installing cameras, Pittsburg Police Chief David Addington said.

The California Highway Patrol and area police departments have formed a combined task force to investigate the shootings.


Information from: KNTV-TV.

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