A TV team in Oakland was hit by robbers while filming, KRON4 reported.
The crew covered a robbery in the middle of a wave of mass raids around the Bay Area.
Their security guard was shot in the lower abdomen and is recovering from the operation, KRON4 said.
A TV crew reporting a smash-and-grab raid at a store in the Bay Area reported that they were hit by robbers who shot their security guard and tried to steal their camera.
Around noon on Wednesday, the crew from KRON4 covered a burglary that had taken place two days earlier in Prime 356, a clothing store in Oakland, the store informs.
Shots were fired while the crew was filming, and their security guard, whom the store did not name, was shot in the lower abdomen and had to be hospitalized, KRON4 reported. He came out of surgery in a stable condition by 4pm that day, it reported.
Two others were shot in the incident, the business reported. A reporter, who was also unnamed, continued filming as the scene unfolded but was “shaken” by the events, the broadcast said.
“It’s really just a heartbreaking day for us at KRON4,” said anchor Jonathan McCall as the network broke the news from the studio shortly after.
Robbers have been a problem in the Bay Area for years, and it is common practice for them to hire security guards when reporting on the spot, as The Guardian reported in 2013.
In this case, the crew responded to a store burglary out of many in a wave of mass razzis which has hit the Bay Area in the last two weeks.
Surveillance footage from Prime 356’s burglary showed about 30 people pouring into the store and search it and snatch almost its entire inventory of sneakers, hats and sweaters in less than 30 seconds. The store owner told NBC Bay Area that it was the second burglary in a month, at a total cost to him of about $ 180,000.
Groups of up to 80 people have targeted several high-end stores galore since last week, overwhelming security in stores like Louis Vuitton and Bloomingdale’s to rush in and loot thousands of dollars of merchandise – often in minutes.
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