PITTSBURG (BCN) — Police have provided additional details about the shooting on state Highway 4 in Pittsburg Wednesday morning that killed a woman and injured a man.
The incident was reported to the California Highway Patrol at 10:47 a.m. Wednesday on the highway’s westbound side just east of Railroad Avenue.
Responding Pittsburg police officers later determined that a vehicle was shot at by a suspect in another vehicle traveling on the highway, Capt. Ron Raman said.
The victims’ vehicle swerved out of control, struck a dirt embankment and overturned, Raman said. The man and woman inside suffered injuries as a result of the crash as well as gunshot wounds.
Both were taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where the woman was pronounced dead. Raman said the man is expected to survive. The woman’s name was not immediately being released.
Detectives believe the shooting was targeted and are investigating the events leading up to it, Raman said.
The person dead has been identified as 25-year-old Shanique Marie, a transient. An autopsy revealed the cause of death is a single penetrating gunshot wound to the torso.
Anyone with additional details about the case is asked to call Pittsburg police at (925) 646-2441.
There have been at least three other shootings on Highway 4 since November and 18 or more across various highways in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in a recent flurry of highway violence.
Raman said Pittsburg police are working with the CHP to explore ways of increasing safety on Highway 4. Raman also announced that Pittsburg’s City Council will be asked Monday to approve a project to install security cameras to monitor traffic on the highway.
According to the meeting’s agenda, the highway has been central in a wave of shootings that have “resulted in property damage, injuries and loss of life.”
The City Council will be asked to make an allocation of funds to install cameras “in locations where they may aid the investigation and prosecution” of criminal activity on the highway.