A TV crew reporting smash-and-grab raids in California was attacked by robbers who shot their guard.
Oakland police say the attack was an attempted armed robbery to steal the KRON4 crew’s camera equipment.
The crew reported a robbery in which 12 thieves wearing masks and hoods broke into a clothing store in the city as violence unfolded.
Officials say the guard, a former police officer, was shot in the abdomen and taken to Highland Hospital for surgery, where he is in stable condition.
The KRON4 reporter, who has not been named by the station, continued to film the unfolding situation as it unfolded but was in a shocked state afterward.
“As you know it has been an extremely violent week. We ask if you were in the area, have a business or live in the area to check your surveillance footage as you may have captured the crime before, during or after it happened,” the Oakland Police Department said.
Bay Area TV stations, including KRON4, regularly use guards to protect their crews when reporting stories because they have been targeted by thieves,
“At KRON 4, the safety of our staff is our top priority, which is why we assign security to reporters when they are working in the field. Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with the guard and his family and we wish him a full recovery,” KRON4 Vice President and General Manager Jim Rose said in a statement.
The police and security company of the guard have offered a reward totaling $17,500, leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the incident.