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.