CBS San Francisco news crew robbed, security guard shot

Posted at 8:07 AM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 10:07:58-05

OAKLAND, Calif., CBS San Francisco news crew covering the Oakland teachers’ strike was robbed of a camera and tripod by an armed suspect, who then shot their security guard before fleeing Sunday evening, the station reports.

The station’s reporter Joe Vazquez and photographer John Anglin were gathering interviews for the strike at the Oakland Library when the suspect robbed them of their equipment.

The news 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.

The suspect and the security guard exchanged fire. The guard was shot in the upper leg, rushed to a hospital and listed in stable condition.

At 6:56 p.m., Oakland police officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit in connection with the shooting. The driver crashed the vehicle and was detained by police.

Oakland Police Public Information Officer Johanna Watson confirmed the department had detained several other individuals in connection with the armed robbery and shooting and that some of the losses have been recovered.

Alameda County Sheriff spokesperson Sgt. Ray Kelly said a 21-year-old man walked into Highland Hospital, seeking treatment of several gunshot wounds. Deputies detained the man and Oakland police arrested him in connection with the shooting.

Vazquez documented the incident on Twitter as it unfolded.

Vazquez tweeted the guard involved in the incident is a retired officer and apparently “got some shots off at the robber.”

The Associated Press said it’s not the first time CBS San Francisco has been the target of theft. In November 2012, a group of men punched one of the station’s cameramen while he was filming in front of an Oakland high school and fled with his camera while it was still recording.