OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Oakland Police Department homicide investigators are asking the public for help in locating a car that may be linked to the murder of a KRON4 security officer.
The suspect vehicle is a 2004-2008 Acura TL, white, 4-door, with sunroof and no front license plate.
The security guard died of his injuries Saturday morning after being shot in an attempted armed robbery while on a mission to protect a KRON4 team.
The victim is Kevin Nishita. He is survived by a wife, two children and three grandchildren. Nishita worked as an armed guard for the Star Protection Agency.
Prior to working as a guard, he was a police officer with the Oakland Housing Authority, Hayward Police, San Jose Police, and Colma Police Department.
A reward of $ 32,500 is offered for any information leading to an arrest.
On Wednesday, the 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 Berkeley man standing nearby was hit by shrapnel, Oakland police said. He was treated in a hospital and listed in stable condition.
Donations to Kevin’s family can be made to The Metropolitan Bank’s Kevin Nishita Trust, located at 381 8th Street, Oakland 94601.
Donations can be made in person at any Metropolitan Bank establishment or by mail.
Account number: 116020591, routing number 121141343.
Contributions from KRON4 and its parent company Nexstar Media Inc., the Star Protection Agency and the Oakland Police Department brought the total reward offered for the news to $ 32,500.
The money will be returned to the person who provides information leading to the arrest of the individual (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. 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, ”police said Oakland at a press conference on Wednesday.
Local television stations, including KRON4, regularly use security guards to cover stories, and Kevin Nishita has honorably and courageously protected Bay Area TV reporters for years.
This morning, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office escorted his body from Oakland Hospital with full law enforcement honors.
“We are devastated by the loss of the security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita. Our 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 arrest those responsible so that they can be brought to justice for this terrible tragedy, ”KRON4 vice president and general manager Jim Rose said in a statement.
KRON4 staff members who have known and worked with Nishita share their thoughts on social media.
The Bay Area Police Department also remembers Kevin.
“It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we share the news of the passing of former Officer Kevin Nishita # 3740. Kevin proudly served the San José community from 2001 to 2012. He was a crime fighter, even retired, ”San José Police Media Relations wrote on Twitter.
“We mourn the loss of retired Police Officer Kevin Nishita who honorably served our Bay Area community. He was protecting / guarding a local news team when he was senselessly murdered. Today we escorted his body out of the hospital with full law enforcement honors, ”the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Twitter.
Rep. Eric Swalwell retweeted the tweet, saying: “This is heartbreaking. Retired Officer Kevin Nishita was murdered while protecting a team of @ kron4news from an armed robbery. Nishita served as a many police departments including @HaywardPD of CA-15 May he rest in peace and his killer meet justice.