Rio Linda water district employee shot outside home, gunman still on the loose

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Monday morning shooting in Rio Linda that injured a man. They said the shooting happened outside the victim’s home on Bergen Way near Savor Avenue at about 10:30 a.m.The general manager of the Rio Linda/Elverta Water District confirmed the victim is one of his employees. Tim Shaw said he heard about the shooting and called the victim. He said he answered his phone while in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.The man is expected to survive and is recovering in the hospital.”I just heard the gunshots, and I knew it was a small caliber, then I heard somebody hollering, ‘Help!'” said Ron Buss.Buss, 84, was working in his yard when the shooting happened just down the street. He wondered if he knew the victim since he recognized the man driving by moments earlier in his Rio Linda/Elverta water district work truck.”I seen him go by — I know who he is,” Buss said. “Then shortly after that, within five minutes, it was, ‘Bang! Bang! Help! I’ve been shot.'”Adelle Nelson is a retired nurse who tried to help the victim after someone shot him in the torso.”I just responded to see if there was something I could do,” she said. “It didn’t look real bad, but you could tell there was some bleeding.”Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking for witnesses.With many neighbors home this morning, they hope to find answers as to why the violence happened here.”That’s the big hope. Hopefully, somebody saw something, heard something,” said Sgt. Amar Gandhi. “Even better a home video camera of any sort, anything that will point us to what happened or who is responsible.”Neighbors say it’s unusual for a shooting to take place in their neighborhood, especially mid-morning on a Monday.”I’ve been here 40 years, this is a first time,” Nelson said. See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Monday morning shooting in Rio Linda that injured a man.

They said the shooting happened outside the victim’s home on Bergen Way near Savor Avenue at about 10:30 a.m.

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The general manager of the Rio Linda/Elverta Water District confirmed the victim is one of his employees. Tim Shaw said he heard about the shooting and called the victim. He said he answered his phone while in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

The man is expected to survive and is recovering in the hospital.

“I just heard the gunshots, and I knew it was a small caliber, then I heard somebody hollering, ‘Help!'” said Ron Buss.

Buss, 84, was working in his yard when the shooting happened just down the street.

He wondered if he knew the victim since he recognized the man driving by moments earlier in his Rio Linda/Elverta water district work truck.

“I seen him go by — I know who he is,” Buss said. “Then shortly after that, within five minutes, it was, ‘Bang! Bang! Help! I’ve been shot.'”

Adelle Nelson is a retired nurse who tried to help the victim after someone shot him in the torso.

“I just responded to see if there was something I could do,” she said. “It didn’t look real bad, but you could tell there was some bleeding.”

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking for witnesses.

With many neighbors home this morning, they hope to find answers as to why the violence happened here.

“That’s the big hope. Hopefully, somebody saw something, heard something,” said Sgt. Amar Gandhi. “Even better a home video camera of any sort, anything that will point us to what happened or who is responsible.”

Neighbors say it’s unusual for a shooting to take place in their neighborhood, especially mid-morning on a Monday.

“I’ve been here 40 years, this is a first time,” Nelson said.

See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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