A Lodi man was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital late Monday night with a gunshot wound to the head, and police were trying to determine who shot him.
Daniel Avalos, 23, was listed in fair condition Tuesday afternoon at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Avalos was in a home in the 1600 block of South School Street when the shooting happened at 10:28 p.m., Lt. Chris Piombo said. Several young children were in a nearby bedroom and heard the shooting but were not harmed, police said.
Witnesses told officers that Avalos and four men were socializing in the living room when the gun was fired, and the other men ran from the scene.
One person was heard saying, "He's shot; let's get out of here," Piombo said. The men left in what was possibly a silver or tan sport-utility vehicle, Piombo said.
Avalos stumbled outside, where police found him bleeding and saying, "He shot me," Piombo said. But Avalos also said he didn't know who shot him, and dispatchers were initially told the wound was self-inflicted.
No weapon was found, police said. Alcohol involvement was suspected.
The three children, ages 10, 8 and 5, had been in bed and their mother was with them when the shooting happened, Piombo said.
The incident remains under investigation, Detective Tim Fritz said, but Avalos was not cooperating with police.
Court records show that Avalos was on probation for prowling and public intoxication, as well as resisting a peace officer in a separate case. He also has several other convictions on charges including driving under the influence and disturbing the peace.
He failed to complete an alternative work program through the jail, and on March 8 jail officials filed court papers seeking a probation violation.