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Owner murdered inside Roseville business

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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Police have identified a local business owner who was shot and killed Monday in what Roseville police say is a homicide. Christopher Dale Northam, 44, of Rocklin, was found inside Skim X, in the 8200 block of Industrial Avenue in Roseville, with at least one fatal gunshot wound. Police responded to reports of an argument and multiple shots fired inside the business shortly after 3 p.m. “During the call, the person on the phone line with us then heard three gunshots, at least three, maybe more gunshots inside the business,” said Roseville Police Sgt. Daniel Wanamaker at the scene. Northam was the owner of Skim X, an indoor skim boarding park that was scheduled to open sometime in June. Police have not released the name of a suspect or suspects and no arrests have yet been made. “It’s definitely an active and fast moving investigation that is continuing today,” said Dee Dee Gunther of the Roseville Police Department. According to the Skim X website, Northam was an action sports enthusiast who moved to the Sacramento area from Southern California in 2005. He created with his son, Chris Jr., the concept of “Extreme Skim,” using a specially designed board to hydroplane on a ramp and execute tricks similar to those performed by extreme skiers and snowboarders.