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East Bay freeway shooting suspect arrested

The California Highway Patrol has announced the arrest of a suspect in a freeway shooting that occurred on state Highway 4 in Pittsburg Friday.

McCoy Tiasawn, an alleged gang member, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and booked into the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez on $1.3 million bail, according to the CHP.

Tiasawn’s arrest came as part of an interagency operation targeting gangs suspected to be involved in a series of 16 gang-related shootings on freeways in Contra Costa and Alameda counties since November 2015.

So far there have been 10 shootings on Interstate Highway 80, two on Interstate Highway 580, one on Interstate Highway 880, one on state Highway 242 and two on Highway 4, according to the CHP.

Three of those shootings are being investigated as homicides.

Officers from the CHP, Richmond Police Department and FBI worked with other allied agencies to arrest 77 suspects, many of whom are alleged to have gang ties. A total of 29 firearms have been seized so far, according to the CHP.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the CHP’s special investigations unit at (510) 622-4609.

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