TV news crew robbed, their security guard shot outside Oakland store that was burglarized days ago
A security guard protecting a local TV reporter doing a story about a burglarized Oakland store was shot when a group of men attempted to rob the news crew of their television camera, officials and a source said. The security guard was taken to Highland Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, said Oakland police spokesperson Kim Armstead. The guard was assigned to a KRON-TV reporter covering the Monday night burglary of the Prime 356 clothing store on the 300 block of 14th Street.
The store had been burglarized Monday by a swarm of thieves, officials said. Surveillance video showed about 30 people rushing into the store and taking merchandise at around 11:15 p.m., officials said. At about 12:20 p.m.
Wednesday as the guard and reporter stood outside the store, a group tried to rob the pair and the security guard was “struck by gunfire” in the abdomen, Armstead said. The reporter was not injured but was “understandably shaken,” said Jim Rose, vice president and general manager of KRON4. “At KRON4, the safety of our personnel is our top priority which is why we assign security to reporters when working in the field,” Rose said in a statement. “Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with the security guard for a complete recovery.”
Journalist Stanley Roberts, a former reporter at KRON, said he learned that the reporter was covering the theft when three men pulled up in a car, one with a gun in hand, and tried to rob the reporter of his camera. When the security guard intervened, he was shot, Roberts said. Roberts said television news crews have bodyguards because they’re often targeted for their equipment while working in communities with high crime rates, he said.
“This has been a systemic problem and it’s making it harder for journalists to do their jobs,” Roberts said.
We are looking to identify individuals involved in last night’s burglary. If you have any information about this incident please call 510-238-3728. https://t.co/4crteCF3SI
— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) November 24, 2021
Star Protection Agency CA, an Oakland-based personal security company, confirmed that one of their guards was involved in an incident Wednesday and referred inquiries to the Oakland Police Department. Oakland police are investigating Wednesday’s shooting and asking that anyone with relevant information or security footage call investigators at 510-238-3426.
The police department and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to £7,500 for information that leads to the arrest of the people involved.
Andy Picon is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.