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3 people charged with the murder of Oakland news crew guard are identified

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Oakland authorities Thursday identified three men charged in connection with the November shooting of Kevin Nishita, a retired police officer who worked as a security guard for a television news team.

One of the men, Laron Gilbert, is at large and should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said.

Gilbert, Hershel Hale and Shadihia Mitchell were each charged with murder, attempted second-degree robbery and assault with a semi-automatic firearm, according to the Alameda County Attorney’s Office. Mitchell was also charged with possession of a firearm by a criminal.

Hale, 25, was taken into custody in San Francisco on February 9, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said. Mitchell, also 25, was arrested by federal marshals in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Gilbert, whose age was unknown, had previously been arrested for a parole violation but was released before authorities charged him in connection with Nishita’s death, Lt. Frederick Shavies, who runs the Oakland Police Department’s Homicide Division.

Investigators believe all three men are linked to a San Francisco gang, Shavies said.

Both the lieutenant and Armstrong declined to name the gang.

Nishita was shot dead at 12:19 p.m. on Nov. 24 at the 300 block of 14th Street in downtown Oakland during an attempted armed robbery on a KRON-TV news crew covering robberies, authorities said.

He was taken to a hospital where he died three days later, police said.

Nishita was an armed guard for the Star Protection Agency and provided security for television news crews in the area, who are often targeted by robbers for their gear.

He was a police officer for the cities of Hayward, San Jose, and Colma before retiring in 2018.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-03-17/oakland-authorities-name-3-men-charged-with-security-guards-shooting-death 3 people charged with the murder of Oakland news crew guard are identified

Dais Johnston

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