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Lodi gun shop owner still critical 4 days after being shot in his store

1 image Nick Flores, pictured in this 1998 photo, has operated Nick's Gun Works in Lodi for 37 years. (News-Sentinel file photo)

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A Lodi gun shop owner who drove home after he was shot in the head remains hospitalized in critical condition and police have made no arrests.

Nick Flores, 60, is critical but stable at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where he was flown by medical helicopter after the Thursday evening shooting.

Detectives are still piecing the strange case together and hoping Flores will ultimately be able to tell them what happened. Despite its extensive exterior security, there was no video surveillance at Nick's Gunworks, 440 E. Lodi Ave.

Flores usually got home from his shop between 6 and 6:30 p.m., Lodi Police Detective Nick Rafiq said Monday. Flores' wife wasn't feeling well and was waiting for her husband to come home, but she went to bed at 7 p.m., Rafiq said.

When she awoke at 9:30 p.m. to make sure her husband was home, Flores' wife found him sitting in a chair in the living room with blood on his head.

Only then did medics and police learn that Flores had been shot but managed to lock up his store and drive two miles home.

Flores was conscious and able to talk, but he remembered nothing of what happened, police said. So detectives don't know what time he was shot, if he was unconscious in the store and when he got home.

Whether Flores' Australian Shepherd dog was a factor is also not known, though the animal was apparently in the store. Dog paw prints were seen in blood in the store, Rafiq said.

Police do not think Flores shot himself and are investigating the incident as an attempted robbery/homicide. Until they can talk to Flores, detectives are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to conduct an inventory of the store.

Investigators are still seeking two men who a witness saw entering the store around 6:15 p.m. Thursday.

The men were described as black, wearing dark clothing, gloves and hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up. One was about 6 feet 1 inch tall and the other was about 5 feet 10 inches tall.

They were in an older box-style Nissan sedan with factory rims.

Anyone with information may to call Detective Nick Rafiq at 333-6747. Anonymous callers may contact Lodi Area Crime Stoppers at 333-6771.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

1 image Nick Flores, pictured in this 1998 photo, has operated Nick's Gun Works in Lodi for 37 years. (News-Sentinel file photo)
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