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TV News Crew Robbed at Gunpoint, Station Security Guard Shot

Feb 25, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A local news team was robbed and a security guard was shot while on assignment covering the teachers strike in Oakland, Calif. KPIX-TV reporter Joe Vazquez tweeted details about the incident Sunday evening — you can see one of his tweets below.

KPIX reported that the news crew was robbed of  a camera and tripod by two suspects, one of whom exchanged gunfire with the crew’s security guard before the suspects fled Sunday evening.

“Before 5 p.m. Sunday, reporter Joe Vazquez and photographer John Anglin were gathering interviews for the strike at the Oakland Library near 81st Ave. when they were robbed of their equipment,” KPIX reports. “The KPIX 5 crew was outside their news van when a car pulled up. Two suspects got out of the car and one pulled a gun on the crew, demanding their camera. The crew surrendered the equipment and then began walking back to the van.

“One suspect and the security guard exchanged fire. The guard was shot in the upper leg, transported to Highland Hospital and listed in stable condition.”

The report cites Alameda County Sheriff spokesperson Sgt. Ray Kelly saying that around 5:15 p.m., a 21-year-old man walked into Highland Hospital seeking treatment for several gunshot wounds. He was detained by deputies and arrested by Oakland police in connection with the shooting.

“At 6:56 p.m., Oakland police officers engaged in a pursuit of a champagne-colored Lexus sedan in connection with the shooting,” KPIX reports. “The driver crashed the vehicle into several cars before stopping between Fairfax and Vicksburg Ave. Police detained the driver.”

A number of other individuals were also reportedly detained in connection with the incident, and the stolen camera was reportedly recovered.

Here’s one of KPIX reporter Joe Vazquez’s tweets about the shooting …

2 Comments

  1. Well, they didn’t make it very far… GOOD! Discourages copy cats

  2. R.I.P.

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