A TV crew reporting a robbery raid in California was attacked by robbers who shot their security guard.
Police in Oakland say the attack was an attempted armed robbery to steal the KRON4 crew’s camera equipment.
The crew was covering a robbery, where 12 burglars dressed in masks and raided a clothing store in the city, when the violence broke out.
Officials say the security guard, a former police officer, was shot in the stomach and was taken to Highland Hospital for surgery, where he remains stable.
The KRON4 reporter, who has not been named by the station, continued to film the unfolding situation, but was in a state of shock afterward.
“As you know this has been an extremely violent week. We are asking if you were in that area, have a business or live nearby, please check your surveillance footage as you did before the crime happened, Must have been captured during or after that,” Oakland Police said.
TV stations in the Bay Area, including KRON4, regularly use security guards to protect their employees when they cover stories because they have been targeted by thieves,
“At KRON 4, the safety of our personnel is our top priority, so we provide the safety of journalists while working in the field. Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with the security guards and their families and we do their best. Wishing you all the best,” KRON4 Vice President and General Manager Jim Rose said in a statement.
Police and Guard’s Security Company has offered a total reward of $17,500 leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the incident.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / California