Broadcast footage shows the moment when an angry man interrupted an NBC news story about Hurricane Ida on Monday, lunged at a reporter and yelled at him to “report accurately.”
Journalist Shaquille Brewster covered the storm from a beach in Gulfport, Mississippi — east of where Ida made landfall the previous night as a Category 4 hurricane.
Suddenly the unknown man in a white pickup stops behind Brewster, gets out and sprints towards him.
NBC reporter Shaquille Brewster covered the aftermath of Ida, which made landfall the previous night as a Category 4 hurricane, when a man parked his pickup truck and started sprinting toward him and his camera crew.
The man runs up to the crew and yells, “You’re reporting this accurately, aren’t you?” while Brewster has his crew slide the camera away from the guy
However, the man continues to scream and the clip ends just as he lunges at Brewster, yelling, “Sign up carefully!”
Brewster reported on how life began to return to normal that morning in the areas around where the storm had struck just hours earlier.
Hurricane Ida has now downgraded to a tropical depression.
“A few minutes ago, people were walking their dogs. They are now back at the beach. That’s the feeling you get,” he says as the man approaches from behind.
“It’s stopped raining, the wind is still blowing there, and I think there’s a random person walking around.”
The man can be heard yelling at the reporter and his camera crew, saying, “You’re reporting this accurately, aren’t you?”
Brewster tries to continue the segment and asks the crew to turn the camera away from the man while also moving his position away from him.
However, the man continues to scream and Brewster is eventually forced to tell anchor Craig Melvin to stop the broadcast.
“Craig, I’m throwing it back at you because we have someone who needs a little help right now,” he says as the man jumps out at him, yelling, “report closely!”
Brewster tweeted shortly afterwards that he and his crew were unharmed in the incident
The broadcast is cut short just as Brewster raises his forearm to defend himself.
“Hey, hey, hey,” Melvin says.
“We’re going to be contacting Shaq Brewster to make sure everything’s okay. There’s a lot of madmen out there, a lot of madmen.”
Moments after Brewster tweeted that he and his crew were okay.
“Appreciate the concern guys. The team and I are all good!’ He wrote.
MSNBC president Rashida Jones released a statement about the incident, calling Brewster a “perfect professional.”
The incident came as fears mounted that the storm-stricken area would see more crime and rise. A group of looters were caught Monday on drone footage attempting to loot a devastated market in neighboring New Orleans
“Like the consummate professional, he wouldn’t be intimidated by anyone to do his job. We’re glad he and the team are safe, and we couldn’t be more proud and supportive of their work,” she said.
The incident came as fears mounted that the area could see a spike in crime in the storm’s aftermath, as it did when Hurricane Katrina struck 16 years ago, and as the storm’s actual damage is being assessed.
In neighboring Louisiana, a group of men were caught by a drone camera trying to rob an ATM in the scorched remains of a market in New Orleans’ St. Claude neighborhood.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a news conference Monday that the city is cracking down on looting and that all violators will be charged with a state crime.
In another incident, witnesses used their cell phones to record several people looting a store in New Orleans East.
However, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a news conference Monday that the city is cracking down on looting and that all violators will be charged with a state crime.
She said: ‘My directive has been very clear: lock them up. We do not tolerate it and we have not tolerated it.’
Police Chief Shaun Ferguson added that the department has deployed an “anti-looters” group and is working with the Louisiana National Guard to protect businesses from looters.
The image above shows flooded streets in Kenner, Louisiana on Monday — a day after Hurricane Ida swept through the area
A truck in Houma, Louisiana drives past a metal sign knocked down Monday by the winds of Hurricane Ida
The city has already made “several arrests” involving looters, Ferguson said, urging residents to report looting if they see it.
It is not clear whether the couple from the drone video was apprehended or got away with money from the ATM they are trying to pry on the footage.
The damage from Hurricane Ida is still being assessed, and President Joe Biden recently warned that the death toll – which currently stands at two people – will rise as the human cost of the storm that ravaged the state began to mount.
During a conference call with governors affected by Monday’s extreme weather, the president warned that he expected the number of people killed as a result of Ida to rise significantly.
Biden also urged Edwards to “just scream” for help after Hurricane Ida ravaged the state.
The massive storm rolled through southeastern Louisiana before gradually weakening as it headed toward Mississippi on Monday
“We’re providing all the help you need,” the president said on a conference call Monday afternoon to the mayors and governors of Louisiana and Mississippi as Ida headed north.
He said the federal government has sent 200 generators to the area as a million people are without power in the wake of the hurricane.
The president added that he has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to authorize the use of drones to assess Ida’s damage to energy infrastructure.
Biden said he has also instructed the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security to provide satellite imagery that can help estimate the extent of damage.