A 19-year-old Lodi man was hospitalized after being shot during a drug deal late Tuesday night, according to police.
Odai Abu-Arqoub was shot in the chest but was walking and talking when police found him at 11:43 p.m., said Lodi Police Lt. Tod Patterson.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Lodi Memorial Hospital, then flown by medical helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He underwent surgery there. By Wednesday night he was listed in fair condition, according to a nursing supervisor.
Abu-Arqoub and a friend were going to hang out when he asked his friend to take a detour to the 1300 block of West Walnut Street, Patterson said after reviewing police reports on the matter. There he allegedly met another male who got into the back seat of their car and gave Abu-Arqoub some Oxycontin pills in exchange for cash.
Another male suspect suddenly approached the vehicle, pointed a gun and demanded cash. Abu-Arqoub's friend said he had no cash, but complied when the gunman demanded his keys.
Meanwhile, Abu-Arqoub began fighting with another suspect outside the car. The gunman walked around the car, fired several shots and then fled, Patterson said.
Abu-Arqoub was bleeding through his shirt, and his friend called police, saying they were near Lodi High School. The drug seller left the area.
Officers were waved down across the street from the high school in an apartment complex, where paramedics were also called.
Detectives were following up on the case Wednesday, but no arrests had been made. No suspect description was released.
Oxycontin is a prescription narcotic that became more widely used when a generic form was approved in March 2004, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Also called oxycodone, it is a time-release pain medication that can become addictive.