The Latest – Tuesday, June 22:
The owner of House of Oliver, Matthew Oliver, spoke live on Facebook Tuesday to speak about his employee, Vita Joga, after her death.
In the video, Oliver wore a floral shirt in honor of Joga, who he said “loved my flower shirts.”
“Vita was fierce. She was an absolute champion, and I’m just so proud of her,” Oliver said on Facebook. “I will tell you, I had the absolute privilege of speaking with her yesterday and hearing from her, one, the joy she has for her family, the joy she has for life, and her telling me how happy she is in this place in life. Wow, what a great testimony in that moment.”
Oliver said the restaurant would be partnering with the family to raise funds for Joga but did not provide any additional details.
Roseville police have identified the suspect in the deadly shooting as 48-year-old Johnnie Jordan.
Records show Jordan and Joga lived at the same residence in Rocklin.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman who died as 51-year-old Vita Joga.
Original story below:
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) – The Roseville Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting that happened Monday afternoon in Roseville.
The shooting was reported around 3:20 p.m. at a restaurant along Douglas Boulevard near Sierra College Boulevard.
“Everybody’s just like, ‘Run.’ And we’re looking at everybody and we’re like, ‘Run,’” said Ashley Candler.
Candler was pumping gas at the nearby Safeway when she saw a group of workers run out of House of Oliver telling everyone to get down.
“It was like a stampede,” she told FOX40. “There was 15 people running towards us and we’re like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ so we ran as fast as we could, cause what would your reaction be?”
Police say moments earlier, a gunman opened fire on a female employee at House of Oliver, leaving her with life-threatening injuries.
The woman later died, according to her boss of seven years, Matt Oliver.
“Today, due to senseless violence, we lost one of the most beautiful souls and colorful hearts. A mother, a friend, a coworker and truly someone who is a part of our family,” Oliver said. “And our heart is devastated.”
As staff members ran for their lives, the gunman, who police described as armed and dangerous, tried to escape himself.
Officers detained him less than two hours later.
As detectives piece together a motive, they themselves are stunned that something like this would happen here.
“This is an extremely uncommon occurrence here in Roseville,” said Rob Baquera, Roseville Police Department spokesman. “This is an incredibly brazen shooting to happen in the middle of the day.”
Oliver said he’s grateful that help came as quickly as it did.
“Thank you to the Roseville Police Department for acting so fast and for their unbelievable support,” he said.
Police say no one else was injured in this attack.
The identity of the gunman has not been released, but a friend of the victim told FOX40 the gunman knew the victim.