TV crew reporting smash-and-grab raids in California were attacked by thieves who shot at their security guard.
The crew were covering a robbery where 12 thieves wearing masks and balaclavas raided a clothing store in the city, when the violence unfolded.
Authorities say the security guard, who is a former police officer, was shot in the abdomen and taken to Highland Hospital for surgery, where he remains in stable condition.
The KRON4 reporter, who was not appointed by the station, continued to film the unfolding of the situation as it happened, but was then in a state of shock.
“As you know, it has been an extremely violent week. We ask if you were in the area, have a business or live nearby to check your surveillance footage as you may have captured the crime before, during or after it happened, ”police said. ‘Oakland.
Bay Area TV stations including KRON4 routinely use security guards to protect their teams when covering stories because they have been targeted by thieves,
“At KRON 4, the safety of our staff is our top priority, which is why we make safety to journalists when working in the field. Most importantly, our hearts and prayers are with the security guard and his family and we wish him a full recovery, ”KRON4 vice president and general manager Jim Rose said in a statement.
Police and the warden’s security company offered a reward totaling $ 17,500 leading to the arrest of the individual (s) involved in the incident.