VIDEO: Pittsburg approves highway security cameras on Highway 4

 

PITTSBURG, Calif. (AP) — In the wake of several fatal shootings on a stretch of Highway 4, the Pittsburg City Council on Monday has approved security cameras on the freeway.

The council voted Monday on whether to spend more than $100,000 on equipment to install the cameras on the highway.

In the past few months, there have been a number of seemingly random shootings on the highway in town. Most recently 25-year-old Shaniqua Marie was killed.

California Highway Patrol says there were at least 20 shootings on East Bay freeways since November.

Pittsburg Mayor Ben Johnson says the cameras would help authorities identify the shooters or shooter and generally discourage such activity.

Police said they have access to 200 cameras in the city of Pittsburg. The police chief said their presence may be pushing crime onto highways and making it easier to get away with murder.

The police chief called the cameras on Highway 4 “imperative” to solving a growing number of gang shootings on the roads.

The chief also said the amount of crimes solved by city surveillance cameras has been “too many to count.”

KRON’s Vince Cestone and Kate Cagle contributed to this report

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