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News crew robbed, guard shot while covering Oakland, California teachers strike; suspects arrested

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The authorities arrested a man suspected of the shooting of the security guard of a news crew that was robbed, while the coverage of the Oakland teachers strike, according to a statement from CBS affiliate KPIX.

A news crew’s coverage of the ongoing teachers strike in Oakland, California, ended on Sunday for victims of a crime when two people robbed them — and then they make a guard for the flight.

KPIX-TV reporter Joe Vasquez and photographer John Anglin were at the Oakland Library is about a 5 hour conversations about the teachers strike as a car pulled up and two people got out, one with a gun and demanding their car.

After the news of the crew gave their equipment one of the thieves shot the security guard Matt Meredith in the leg, the news station said.

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“John is moved away from the camera, took the lid in the news of where I was and told me to get down,” Joe Vasquez wrote on Twitter. “We heard a flurry of loud gunfire. Very close! More photos, I saw a man drag the camera away and saw our guard, Matt was hit. Quick 9-1-1.”

Vasquez said in an other post of the guard, a retired Berkeley police officer, “got a few pictures from the shooter.

The guard was shot in the upper leg and transported to the Highland Hospital and listed in stable condition, the CBS affiliate reported.

A Alameda County Sheriff’s spokesman said a 21-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds walked into a nearby hospital after the incident. Oakland police arrested the man on suspicion of shooting the news crew’s guard.

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About two hours later, Oakland officers were involved in a chase with a sedan that was supposed to be connected to the robbery and shooting. The vehicle ended up crashing into several cars before the driver was apprehended and arrested, according to KPIX. Video of the chase was posted on Twitter.

Oakland Police Public Information Officer Johanna Watson also said that the tv station the department had held a number of other persons in connection with the armed robbery and shooting. The stolen camera was recovered. More details will be released later Monday.

Two suspects wer earrested after a KPIX-TV-news was robbed and a guard who are assigned to the crew was shot in the leg.
(KTVU)

Attacks on routine assignments became so commonplace in the past few years in the Bay Area that some tv stations have hired armed guards to drive away the news crews, according to the Associated Press. In November 2012, a group of men punched a KPIX cameraman while he was filming in front of an Oakland high school and fled with his camera while it is still recording.

The AP counted five robberies in 2012, two in 2013, three in 2014 and at least three in 2015, plus a number of thefts from vehicles.

“We don’t know what the market is for these cameras,” San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychuk told the news agency.

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Although the cameras can cost upwards of $50,000 each, it is specialized equipment that is not easily sold on the black market, Andraychuk said, and none of the stolen cameras have turned up on Craigslist, eBay or any other online marketplace.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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