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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2007 10:00 pm

A Lodi man whose friend accidentally shot him in the face remains at a Sacramento hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Friday.

Joshua House, who had turned 19 two weeks earlier, was shot in the 700 block of Rutledge Drive around 8:45 p.m. Thursday by a friend who was playing with a gun, Lodi police said. That man, Austin Noori, also 19, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen gun.

Several other people were in the house at the time of the shooting and they, along with Noori, cooperated with investigators, police said. A 40-caliber handgun was recovered at the scene.

House was shot inside the home where he was hanging out with friends, and they soon dialed 9-1-1. He was outside the house by the time paramedics got there, and they rushed him by ambulance to Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Shortly after the shooting, police had said House was in serious but stable condition as he was being flown by medical helicopter from Lodi Memorial to a trauma center. A UC Davis Medical Center spokesman said House was in critical condition Friday.

A witness at the home declined to comment Friday afternoon, other than to say that his friend was critical but stable and that the shooting was definitely not intentional.

Police initially ruled the incident an accidental shooting and Detective Leo Ramirez said Friday that the status remained the same. It was not known Friday if Noori would face charges other than possession of a stolen gun.

The gun had gone missing from a local relative of Noori's but was not reported stolen until after the shooting, Ramirez said.

Both young men have had encounters with police previously, though court records show all cases were misdemeanors. In October, Noori admitted to possessing a deadly weapon.

The shooting was the latest tragedy to strike the group of friends, most of them in their mid-to-late teens. Today, some of them are expected to attend a memorial service for Justin Garlow, 18, who died after the car in which he was riding went out of control Sept. 8 and struck a pole on Highway 4.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 6:28 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2007.


    Mrs P.... Yup, you're right.

  • posted at 4:35 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2007.


    Sorry I can't type. scratch that.

  • posted at 4:34 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2007.


    The stole gun thin...? What was the thinking?

  • posted at 2:47 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2007.


    I think people are losing sight of the fact that the firearm was stolen...not gifted to this man.

  • posted at 7:08 am on Fri, Sep 28, 2007.


    to ann: the mom is a CHRISTIAN and forgives..

    I heard it was NOT an accident

  • posted at 5:08 am on Fri, Sep 28, 2007.


    I pray for all the people involved. This is a bad thing that happened. I think it was an accident. This will be hard for these kids to get over. No one wants to hurt a friend. I'll keep all of you in my thoughts.

  • posted at 5:06 am on Fri, Sep 28, 2007.


    We lived in the country. Fire arms were a part of life. We would get smacked up side the head if we didn't handle it right, because this is what could happen. And yes, I dove hunted with my brothers and shot trap and deer hunted with my husband. Gun safety is first and for most . My dad NEVER let us have guns out with company over. If so HE handled them.

  • posted at 8:29 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2007.


    I agree with "to Bre". This incident cannot be compared in any way to friendly fire in a military situation.

  • posted at 8:27 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2007.


    WY: Obviously these men were not taught respect for firearms.

  • posted at 8:23 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2007.


    to the nurse: We have all been 19, but not all have shot a friend in the face. This is not normal 19 year old behavior. Also, if we wait to comment on a topic/article in the newspaper when it is about someone we know then we may never post at all. We have a right to comment as this is an open/public forum.

  • posted at 4:09 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2007.


    This story doesnt relate to the military whatsoever. This story is about a group of troubled kids playing with a gun and somebody getting hurt. Thank god nobody else was injured and hopefully this kid recovers and learns a lesson. As for the drunks showing up to the hospital, someone should be calling the cops on them so they don't kill anybody driving home after being kicked out of the hospital.

  • posted at 3:07 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2007.


    I had a gun when i was 18. A 38, a 45, a 9mm, and a sweet lil side by side 12 gage. I never shot any friend in accident. Ya don't whip it out when you have friends over! It's carefully handled till you get to a range. Why was the gun out? What were they doing? Were they headed to a gun range if so why was it loaded? Who taught them gun safety. Who owned the house?

  • posted at 5:23 pm on Wed, Sep 26, 2007.


    Lodian: ever heard of a "gun safe", and proper training? Do not let someone handle a firearm who does not understand the serious ramifications of what that firearm can do, which cannot be un-done!

    God Bless the wounded man, hopefully he will make a full recovery!

    For the shooter, I hope he understands the forementioned ramifications better now, and seeks help.

  • posted at 4:28 pm on Wed, Sep 26, 2007.


    Lodian, Man here we are on the same page again...One dead now one with out
    a face, what next???Sounds like to me
    this group of friends need to get a life!!bre in the Military,now there is
    a mind numbing thought...

  • posted at 11:25 am on Wed, Sep 26, 2007.


    Mad Dog: Sounds like an undesirable group of friends this young man has in his life. Hopefully Josh will recover fully and go on to make better choices in the company he keeps. Best wishes to Josh and his family.

  • posted at 10:39 am on Wed, Sep 26, 2007.


    Reading your post has helped me understand how this type of tragedy takes place. Amazing.

  • posted at 9:18 am on Wed, Sep 26, 2007.


    I am Josh's stepfather. Josh has been having a couple of hard days after he was doing so well. We have had his friends show up at the hospital..some have shown up drunk...others have been belligerant when told they could not get in to see him. No one will be allowed in without our permission and then only if Josh is up for it.

  • posted at 7:09 am on Wed, Sep 26, 2007.


    I am in the military and I see things about friendly fire everyday (aka getting shot on accident by your friend during war)... What is the difference? And to say he is too young to have a gun... Well then talk to the government about sending 18 year olds (with guns) to Iraq to get shot by there best friend on accident... So my point is that it happens all the time... It is only a big deal to you now because it is happening down the street!

  • posted at 7:09 am on Wed, Sep 26, 2007.


    Just so you all know, this was a complete accident! One of the close friends of these boys is my brother! I have known all of these boys since they were in middle school and I do not appreciate the things being said! Everyone is entitled to thier own opinion but unless you know them, who are you to really say what was going on? Accidents happen and everyone makes mistakes! It is like other people have said on here... Doesn't everyone remember being 18?

  • posted at 5:40 am on Wed, Sep 26, 2007.


    S & W 500: Maybe people with "morons" in the house, or who are expecting moron's over to the house, should keep guns out of the house.

  • posted at 8:59 pm on Tue, Sep 25, 2007.


    god bless u all who read this and realize that we all make mistakes some are definatly more tragic than others. i love all of u guys who are tryng to deal with this plus the tragic death of garlow. please all of u seek out the LORD and defend your friend austin noori!!

  • posted at 8:59 pm on Tue, Sep 25, 2007.


    but please pray for him and his family. we all have had the chance to say "thank GOD" that could have been me (as the shooter,or the victim). although many of us dont like to admit it accidents do happen and we all were young and unresponsible at one time, so i plead with u again, dont condemn austin noori but pray for him. try to place yourself in his shoes. if it hasnt been made public yet austin automatically tried to take the gun to his own head when he relized what he accidentally did.

  • posted at 8:58 pm on Tue, Sep 25, 2007.


    i am a good friend of austin noori. i know that what he did was completely unintentional. it is a horendous tragedy, josh my love and prayers go toward you and your family, please everyone who reads this dont automatically condemn austin. he is a great kid who has made a terrible accident. it is so tragic that the outcome is so incredibly devestating.

  • posted at 6:49 pm on Tue, Sep 25, 2007.


    I think your all missing the point about this "good kid". Yeah maybe it was an accident but why did he STEAL the gun from a family member!! DuH read the whole article.

  • posted at 4:07 pm on Tue, Sep 25, 2007.


    A gun is not an accident waiting to happen, it is the moron holding it!

    Every gun is loaded. If you point a gun at a human, your intent is to shoot & kill. If you point a gun at the wrong person, expect to get your AS* kicked, and possibly die because you put their life in imminent danger.

    More parents should either educate their kids or use CONDOMS! An eye for an eye. Accidents cost lives. Don't be STUPID.

  • posted at 3:41 pm on Tue, Sep 25, 2007.


    Does anybody here know how the young man is doing now? This article was written on Sept. 22nd. Is he still in critical condition, or has he improved?

  • posted at 12:08 pm on Mon, Sep 24, 2007.


    We saw the news report on TV ch 3- "SHOT WITH STOLEN HAND GUN". That should be a felony! A shooting involving a stolen handgun? Lets say it again. Do you understand? You have NO business touching anyones handgun unless you have a legal reason, have training with the weapon, and you have the permission of the owner. Well no owner would let a punk kid, play around with a loaded 40 caliber hand gun. It turns out it was STOLEN! Now explain how that "accident" happened!!

  • posted at 12:07 pm on Mon, Sep 24, 2007.


    When yopu reach 18 you are supposed to be a man. What I see and hear are the whining of babies and other babies. To the person who shot their friend, its YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Its time to grow up. Maybe public schools allow goofing around, but you are no longer babies. You need to pay for your stupidity. What the "H" were you doing with a loaded handgun? ...and what were you doing with a STOLEN handgun?

  • posted at 11:03 am on Mon, Sep 24, 2007.


    Re: " this was a TOTAL accident!!!! i know the kid who shot him and he would never do this intentually! he is a good kid. and does not deserve time in jail. IT WAS AN ACCIDENT! "

    I don't care if it was an accident, the shooter needs to face the consequences. If I drove my car in a negligent manner and seriously harmed someone, I would face jail time. People will never take guns seriously if they get off because "it was an accident."

  • posted at 6:00 am on Mon, Sep 24, 2007.



  • posted at 2:31 am on Mon, Sep 24, 2007.



  • posted at 2:31 am on Mon, Sep 24, 2007.


    mabye those new rookie cops that cant hack it handled my reports. Didnt I read that they moved the body outside....hmmm lets think about this? I guarantee this house is easy to spot if you just go down the street!

  • posted at 1:49 pm on Sun, Sep 23, 2007.


    this was a TOTAL accident!!!! i know the kid who shot him and he would never do this intentually! he is a good kid. and does not deserve time in jail. IT WAS AN ACCIDENT!

  • posted at 1:46 pm on Sun, Sep 23, 2007.


    i know both the shooter and the victim personally.i know this is a tradgedy that could have been easily avoided. it happened because of sheer stupidity. and all i can do is hope that my friend will be okay. but i wanted to make it clear that this is NOT a meth house. we do not do drugs. its not like we are all messing around with guns and doing drugs and breaking the law, this was an isolated incident. i am not trying to defend anyone. but there are a lot of people on here making false accusations.

  • posted at 1:27 pm on Sun, Sep 23, 2007.


    get a life and stop posting comments about news stories where you don't even know the people involved.
    you have no right to judge.
    were you not 19 once?

  • posted at 12:43 pm on Sun, Sep 23, 2007.


    it wasnt on purpose.Yes,kids shouldnt have guns.But the shooter is probally going through enough as is. It was his friend who got shot.maybe if police didnt revolve there job around little stuff that goes on in Lodi they would see the bigger picture and do something about it. Find somewhere/something for them to do. Everything kids do now are being taking away for odd reasons.Today Its tuff and rebelous for teens and people replying talking bad about the house or the family are as ignorant as anyone else they really dont no them personaly dont have right to judge.

  • posted at 12:25 pm on Sun, Sep 23, 2007.


    This people are my frineds...
    We may be "hoolagin's"
    But we don't mean harm upon our friends.
    We are a tight-nit group of kids...
    So don't go talkng smack on what you don't know...
    They were like brothers.

  • posted at 11:57 am on Sun, Sep 23, 2007.


    josh is one of my good friends and so is ost.. but what he did was ****ed up. i love josh hes my bro. when i saw him today he just started cryin. this whole thing has been killin me.

    we did some stupid **** in the past. but everyones cleanin up and get somethin goin in there life.

    this month has just been too much on us. first Garlow (RIP) now josh..

  • posted at 8:40 am on Sun, Sep 23, 2007.


    thinning the gene pool?

  • posted at 7:48 am on Sun, Sep 23, 2007.


    i'm friends with both these guys and everyone is basically making them seem like theyre horrible people which they arent. oh and by the way the house isnt a meth house you idiots.

  • posted at 6:30 am on Sun, Sep 23, 2007.


    The mother was incredibly nervous at being on tv, upset and distraught at what had happened to her son and exhausted from being at the hospital non stop since thursday evening. She misspoke. She does indeed want the shooter to go to jail.

  • posted at 5:23 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2007.


    I watched Tv tonight as the mom of the victim cried for the shooter, hoping he wouldnt go to jail. Your son is in critical condition! A "friend" with a stolen gun shoots your kid in the face and you cry for the shooter. Only in Lodi?

  • posted at 1:10 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2007.


    to lodian: Are you speaking from personal experience? Are you letting your kids run amuck? If so, stop it. We're all tired of it.

  • posted at 1:04 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2007.


    Stupid is as stupid does: Isn't that true of anyone? It could be teens or adults. If they like to break the law, they'll do stupid things eventually. Duh

  • posted at 6:22 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2007.


    A 40 caliber handgun! No kid should ever be allowed to handle a gun like this. Only properly trained people should touch a loaded 40 caliber. He is lucky he still has his life. Very sad example of stupidity. Guns are not little play toys. Go back to your nintendo and comic books.

  • posted at 6:19 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2007.


    I know the house. Its no big secret in this neighborhood. Several houses are now for sale, because there are no consequences for the baby behavior, people want to move out. Home prices are dropping fast! There is a 1970 built house 4 bed 2 bath that just sold for $135,000 on July 18. Thats what these houses should REALLY be selling for, not a mega-hundred thousand wallet buster for the same exact house. All you need is some criminal activity in the neighborhood to get people to move out.

  • posted at 6:02 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2007.


    We're already are convinced it was just a playtime accident. There's low crime in livable, lovable Lodi, remember?

  • posted at 5:03 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2007.


    this is a meth house

  • posted at 5:02 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2007.


    I have notified the police several times of the things going on at this house and they have ignored it.

    alcohol, guns, you name it is supplied by the by the tenants/owners of these properties. The police have done nothing about my reports

  • posted at 4:01 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2007.


    this is what happens when you let kids run a muck not following rules. They eventually end up breaking laws.

  • posted at 3:18 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2007.


    lucky you did'nt blow your friends head off jackass! at 19 you would be considered filet mignon in the pen. smarten up!

  • posted at 3:01 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2007.


    Get a group of teens esp. those who truly love to break the law and people are going to get hurt or die, whether they are friends or innocent victims! Lock them both up!



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