OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf offered condolences and thoughts on the death of KRON4 security guard Kevin Nishita at a Monday afternoon press conference on the violence army in the city.
Nishita was gunned down Wednesday while protecting a KRON4 reporter on assignment in Oakland. He died in hospital on Saturday from his injuries.
âKevin Nishita is someone who has dedicated his life to ensuring the safety of others, as well as supporting a free press, which is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy,â Schaaf said. “It is incredibly tragic that he lost his life in the exercise of these functions and these ideals.”
âWe send our grief to friends and family in the huge community that we loved and benefited from Kevin Nishita’s service,â Schaaf added.
An assailant attempted to steal KRON4’s camera equipment, police said. Nishita was shot in the lower abdomen while trying to protect the reporter and the equipment.
Oakland board member Loren Taylor got to meet Nishita who he said had a warm and inviting smile.
âMy heart broke when I learned of the passing for the first time,â Taylor said. “The pain and the sense of loss increase as I learn more about him and his life.”
Prior to being a security guard for the Star Protection Agency, Nishita served as a police officer in Oakland, Hayward, San Jose, and Colma.