News crew bodyguard Kevin Nishita has died after being shot by an armed robber while covering a theft story. The ex-police officer was guarding the KRON4 crew last week in Oakland when someone tried to steal their camera gear. He tried to stop them but was shot in the lower abdomen.
One of 12 masked thieves at the Prome 356 store tried to snatch the camera from the reporters when Nishita jumped in and got shot.
KRON4, its parent company, Nishita’s employer, and the Oakland Police Department are offering a $32,500 reward for information on the suspects.
The TV station mourned the guard, a father of two and grandfather of three.
It is the latest in a saga of organized robbery rampaging across California
Will Tran, a KRON4 anchor, said the station was heartbroken to learn about Nishita’s death. He had worked alongside reporters for many years.
“My heart is broken. I’m scared for me. I’m scared for my colleagues. Friends from all stations are talking to each other – our own support group. And then woke up to heartbreak. He was my friend. He was our friend and now he is gone,” Tran tweeted.
How many people have to die before California follows laws and arrests looters?
Rest in peace, Kevin Nishita. pic.twitter.com/cJrV1klUzy
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) November 27, 2021