OAKLAND, California—A beloved security guard who was shot while protecting a KRON4 news crew reporting on the ongoing robbery crisis in Oakland has died from his injuries.
Kevin Nishita was a former police officer who worked for the Star Protection Agency California, based in Oakland, and is survived by his wife, two children, and three grandchildren, reportsKPIX5.
“It is with the deepest sadness that I let you know security guard Kevin Nishita has passed away,” stated Mark Neerman, VP of News and News Director at KPIX5. “He died protecting one of our own, a colleague reporting on the very violence that took his life. I know you join me in sending condolences to his family and in sending thanks to Kevin for standing up for us all.”
The KRON news crew was reporting on the recent smash-and-grab robbery at the clothing store Prime 356 that happened Monday night, November 22. It’s the second time the store had been hit.
On Wednesday, November 24, around 12:20 p.m., an assailant attempted to steal KRON4’s camera equipment. Nishita, who was armed, was shot in the lower abdomen during the robbery. No one else was injured.
Nishita was rushed to Highland Hospital in critical condition before undergoing emergency surgery.
Kevin Nishita served as a police officer at the Oakland Housing Authority, Hayward Police, San Jose Police, and the Colma Police departments, according to KRON4.
No racial description of the assailant was given, however, it is Oakland.
KRON4, Nexstar Media Inc., Star Protection Agency, and the Oakland Police Department combined are offering $32,500 to the person who provides information that leads to an arrest of the individual or individuals involved in the shooting.