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Police searching for suspect accused of fatally shooting man on Hwy. 4 in Pittsburg

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CHP officials are still searching for a suspect accused of fatally shooting a 28-year-old Antioch man on Highway 4 in Pittsburg Tuesday night. (KGO-TV)

The CHP is searching for a suspect accused of fatally shooting a driver on Highway 4 in Pittsburg Tuesday night.

Police said the shooting happened around 8:30 p.m., sending a car crashing into a fence and onto California Street just off of westbound Highway 4 near Railroad Avenue.

Police say it is possible that the shot came from someone on the highway.

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On Wednesday, three young men lit candles at the spot where the car came to rest.

The victim was a 28-year-old Antioch man known as "Eightball" and their memorial wished him peace, but they would not go on camera.

The crime scene kept some people from getting home Tuesday night. "I could tell by the scene that something happened. There were a lot of unmarked cars blocked off here, so it was clear somebody died," neighbor Mark Beals said.

This was the 18th shooting on East Bay freeways since November of last year. Police said the majority of them happened at night, and most were gang related.

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Police said that means the victim was targeted by the shooter and they weren't random. "I think a lot of it is also a crime of opportunity if and when they see somebody that they're feuding with on a freeway, it happens there unfortunately," Richmond Police Department Lt. Felix Tan said.

But for those traveling at night there is concern and belief that these are crimes of opportunity won't satisfy everyone. "That's something I've thought about in the past, it could be an innocent person driving by and could get hit as well," Beals said.

Police say drivers don't have too much to worry about. If you see aggressive driving, just move out of the way and call 911. "If you see someone driving aggressively might be a signal stay away from the car and if you have to dial 911 CHP will respond," said Lt. Tan.

The CHP is the lead agency in the investigation although they are getting help from Pittsburg police and other local departments. CHP is not giving on camera interviews at this time. Some locals ABC7 talked to said they aren't living in fear because of the shootings.

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