OAKLAND (KRON) — BART agency officials Wednesday announced a new security measure aimed at protecting riders and workers days after a passenger was shot to death inside a crowded car.
A BART spokeswoman said that every train car will be equipped with a working camera system “as quickly as possible.”
“BART is a very safe mode of transportation with a robust surveillance system with cameras located in train cars, on platforms, in stations, and even our police officers wear cameras. The Fleet of the Future is already being produced with cameras on all train cars. Now both our existing and future cars will have security cameras,” said BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost.
She said that work has already started on funding options, a procurement plan, and a deployment strategy.
KRON earlier reported that some of the cameras on trains are not real, and others do not work.
“I’m not going to go into how many of our cameras are actually videoing or not videoing,” said BART’s police chief Kenton Rainey. “It’s a layered security system, functioning cameras on the train is just one part of it.”
Jan. 9. at about 7:45 p.m., 19-year-old Carlos Misael Funez-Romero, of Antioch, was gunned down aboard a San Francisco International Airport-bound train as it was approaching the West Oakland station.
Police said witnesses reported that the suspect used a handgun to shoot the victim multiple times, then fled the scene.
The suspect and victim in a fatal shooting on a BART train on Jan. 9 rode on the same bus prior to the killing, according to Trost.
BART police described the suspect as a black man in his late 20s to early 30s who is about 6 feet 2 inches tall, has a skinny build with broad shoulders, a scruffy face and was wearing a long green trench coat over a dark hooded sweatshirt with its hood up, dark pants, a dark backpack and was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.
BART police released photos of a shooting suspect exiting the West Oakland Station. Rainey said the photo is a demonstration of his layered security system.
“You can tell that our system worked because of the photos that we released last night,” he said. “You can clearly see who this guy is.”
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