“We are devastated by the loss of security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita. Our deepest sympathy goes to Kevin’s wife, his children, la sua famiglia, and to all his friends and colleagues,” KRON-TV’s vice president and general manager, Jim Rose, said in a statement issued Saturday.
The former police officer was an armed guard for Star Protection Agency and provided security for many reporters in the region.
He was shot in the abdomen during an attempted robbery of KRON-TV’s camera equipment near downtown Oakland on Wednesday, ha detto la polizia.
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The news crew was covering a recent robbery where a group of thieves broke in and stole from a clothing store.
A reward of $ 32,500 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in Nishita’s killing.
“This senseless loss of life is due to yet another violent criminal act in the Bay Area. We hope that offering a reward will help lead to the arrest of those responsible so they can face justice for this terrible tragedy,” Rose said.
The region has been struck by organized retail thefts in which bands of thieves, some carrying crowbars and hammers, break into high-end stores and snatch merchandise.
Similar thefts were reported in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.