What happens when those who cover the news become the news?
A KTVU news crew that was reporting on a homicide at San Francisco’s Pier 14 were confronted by that scenario yesterday.
At 6:03 a.m. PST, robbers held the news crew at gunpoint, stole camera equipment and even pistol-whipped the camera operator. All this took place during a live "hit."
In the studio, KTVU anchor Brian Flores was preparing to go live to reporter Cara Liu, as usual, when suddenly she appeared startled and said, “Hold on, hold on, wait,” before disappearing off screen, SFGate reports.
Her colleagues Kris Sanchez and camera operator Alan Waples were being robbed at gunpoint.
As Waples was adjusting Sanchez’s lighting, one of the three men who took part in the attack came up behind him and put a gun to his head.
“Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!” Sanchez pleaded.
Waples, who recalled later that he was waiting to “hear a click” from the gun, tried to reason with the robbers by telling them to “take the camera!”
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