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Freeway Shooting Frustrations: East Bay Mayors Consider Asking Governor to Pay for Surveillance Cameras

The call for security cameras follows another shooting on an East Bay freeway late Tuesday.

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    In the wake of yet another freeway shooting Tuesday night, mayors from five East Bay cities will meet Thursday to discuss asking Gov. Jerry Brown for state funding to install surveillance cameras on freeway on-ramps and off-ramps. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016)

    In the wake of yet another freeway shooting Tuesday night, mayors from five East Bay cities will meet Thursday to discuss asking Gov. Jerry Brown for state funding to install surveillance cameras on freeway on-ramps and off-ramps.

    The call for security cameras follows a shooting in Hercules on Interstate 80 Tuesday night that injured a man. California Highway Patrol officials said four people have been killed in more than 20 shootings on East Bay freeways since November.

    NBC Bay Area spoke with another victim of Tuesday's shooting who was lucky enough to escape injury. The woman, who requested not to be identified, said she saw a car on I-80 weaving in and out of traffic with no headlights on. She then heard four loud pops and thought someone was having car trouble.

    Then the rear window on the driver side of her car shattered.

    "I can’t believe it lodged in the roof of my car," the woman said about the bullet. "It could have hit me; it could have hit my dog."

    She said she didn't see where the shot came from.

    Investigators have said that most of the shootings appear to be gang related.

    The mayors from Richmond, San Pablo, Hercules, Pinole and El Cerrito also want Caltrans to update its existing live camera network so they will have the ability to record video to help in the investigation.

    "The number one thing here is public safety," Hercules Mayor Dan Romero said Wednesday. "The state and the locals, we need to come together to make sure the public knows we are doing everything possible to keep them safe."

    In their meeting Thursday, the mayors will draft a declaration to Brown, and if all of them sign it, they plan on driving to Sacramento to request the governor sign it immediately.

    Last week, the Pittsburg City Council voted to spend $100,000 to install cameras along a stretch of Highway 4.

    NBC Bay Area staff contributed to this report.

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