HAYWARD (CBS SF) — Two people exiting Interstate 880 in a truck were wounded in a shooting late Sunday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP Sgt. Brad Hopkins said the shooting took place at 9:15 p.m. on the Winton Avenue off-ramp.
“Judging by the bullet holes in the vehicle, it appears they pulled up alongside the Tacoma and opened fire on the drivers side of the Tacoma,” Hopkins said.
Bullets hit the legs of two of the three people in the truck.
Following the shooting, the Toyota veered off the off-ramp and into an area south of it. The occupants of the Toyota appear to have been targeted, CHP officials said.
“This does not appear to be a random freeway shooting,” CHP Officer Jonathan Fransen said. “The victims in this shooting appear to have been targeted in a gang-related attack.”
But Fransen also said that it’s too early in the investigation to tell whether the shooting is related to other recent East Bay freeway shootings.
CHP officials said in March that there had been 111 highway shootings in the Bay Area since the start of 2015.
After the shooting, the suspect’s vehicle sped away. The CHP did not have a description of the vehicle as of early Monday.
Contra Costa County lawmakers and law enforcement officials on Monday announced plans to install a high-tech surveillance camera system along Highway 4 and I-80 to try to catch the suspects in the act.
“The message to shooters on the freeways is your reign of terror is over,” said Contra Costa Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox.
Technology will use the sound of gunshots to trigger the camera to pan to the scene and record. The cameras will also take pictures of licenses plates and send an alert to law enforcement.
Richmond assembly member Tony Thurmond, who represents I-80 corridor, said the system is just one step in curbing the deadly gang shootings.
“Let it be known if you create a horrible act, it will be recorded and you will be accountable for your actions,” said Thurmond. “Cameras by themselves will not address this issue. We see this as part of a larger plan of addressing violence in the region.”
The task force is not releasing where the cameras will be placed at this time, calling the locations “law-enforcement sensitive.” They did note that 15 locations have been identified as hotspots for violence.
Installing the freeway surveillance system is set to cost the state $1.5 million.
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