OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – A member of the Nexstar family has tragically lost his life after being shot while protecting a KRON4 press team in Oakland, Calif.
KRON4 learned on Saturday that Kevin Nishita, who worked as an armed guard for the Star Protection Agency, had died of his injuries. He is survived by a wife, two children and three grandchildren.
Prior to working as a security guard, Nishita served as a police officer with the Oakland Housing Authority, Hayward Police, San Jose Police, and Colma Police Department in California.
A reward of $ 32,500 is offered for any information leading to an arrest.
On Wednesday, a KRON4 team covered a story about a recent robbery in which 12 thieves wearing masks and balaclavas raided a clothing store on the 300 block of 14th Street.
At 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, an assailant attempted to steal KRON4’s camera equipment, police said.
The armed guard was shot in the lower abdomen. The journalist was not physically injured.
The guard was rushed to Highland Hospital on Wednesday afternoon in critical condition before undergoing surgery.
A man from Berkeley, Calif., Standing nearby, was struck by shrapnel, Oakland police said. He was treated in a hospital and listed in stable condition.
Contributions from KRON4, Nexstar Media Inc., the Star Protection Agency and the Oakland Police Department brought the total reward offered for information to $ 32,500.
The money will be handed over to the person who provides information leading to the arrest of the person (s) involved in the shooting.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the investigators at (510) 238-3426.
“It has been an extremely violent week,” Oakland police said at a press conference on Wednesday. “We are asking if you were in the area, have a business, or live nearby, please check your surveillance footage as you may have captured the crime before, during or after it happened.”
Local television stations, including KRON4, regularly use security guards when covering reports.
“We are devastated by the loss of the security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita,” said Jim Rose, vice president and general manager of KRON4. âOur deepest condolences go out to Kevin’s wife, children, family and all of his friends and colleagues. 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 to arrest those responsible so that they can be brought to justice for this terrible tragedy â.
KRON4 staff members who have known and worked with Kevin share their thoughts on social media.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office escorted Nishita’s body from the hospital on Saturday with “All the honors of the application of the law”, the office confirmed on Twitter.
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