KRON security guard dies of injuries in Oakland shooting

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A security guard shot dead while protecting a TV reporter reporting on a broken-in Oakland store died of his injuries on Saturday, officials said.

The death marks the 126th victim of gun violence in Oakland this year, according to the city’s police department.

Kevin Nishita, a former police officer working for the Star Protection Agency, was gunned down on Wednesday when a group of men attempted to steal the news crew’s television camera, officials said. Oakland Crime Stoppers, the City Police Department and other contributors are offering a reward totaling $ 32,500 for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in the crime.

Nishita, whose age has not been disclosed, is survived by his wife, Virginia, two children and three grandchildren, according to statements by KRON and Star Protection.

“We are devastated by the loss of the security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita,” Jim Rose, vice president and general manager of the station, said in a statement. “Our deepest condolences go out to Kevin’s wife, children, family and all of his friends and colleagues.”

On Wednesday, Nishita was assigned to a KRON reporter covering the Monday night burglary of the Prime 356 clothing store in the 300 block of 14th Street. As Nishita stood outside the store with the reporter at around 12:20 p.m., a group attempted to rob the couple and the security guard was shot in the abdomen, Oakland Police spokesperson Kim said. Armstead. He was taken to Highland Hospital in critical condition.

Stanley Roberts said he was covering the theft for KRON when three men pulled into a car, one with a gun in his hand, and attempted to steal the journalist’s camera. The security guard was shot when he intervened, Roberts said.

Roberts added that TV news crews have bodyguards as they are often targeted for their equipment when working in high crime communities.

“This is a systemic problem, and it makes it harder for journalists to do their jobs,” he said.

“RIP Kevin Nishita,” Roberts wrote on Saturday morning on Twitter. “Thank you for keeping us all safe! Our hearts will always be with you now and forever.

The Oakland Police Department Homicide Section is investigating. On Saturday, he posted a surveillance photo of a car allegedly used in the crime. He asks anyone with information to contact the Homicide Department at (510) 238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at (510) 777-8572.


Danielle Echeverria and Andy Picon are the editors of the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: danielle.echeverria@sfchronicle.com, andy.picon@hearst.com Twitter: @DanielleEchev, @andpicon


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