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Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:00 am

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.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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23 comments:

  • posted at 8:18 am on Wed, Jun 2, 2010.

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    T & C wrote on May 27, 2010 7:28 AM:" 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.Had you been in bed sleeping at 11 pm silly man you would not have been shot "pre$$ure$on wrote on May 27, 2010 7:51 AM:" T&C, is this another snide "illegal immigration" rant? Since when does anyone besides yourself have to be in bed by dark for fear of being accosted by one of those you hate so much? I guess because this amn is seemingly not a Mexican, you don't accuse him of being one of "them"? "What does T&C's comment have to do with illegal immigration? Does you see ICE in your closet?

     
  • posted at 8:16 am on Wed, Jun 2, 2010.

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    He is over 18 where is the picture!Someone shoots you and you don't remember what he looked like? He was shot in the head right?

     
  • posted at 10:15 am on Sat, May 29, 2010.

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    T & C wrote "I try to be fair on all topics"B O L O G N A

     
  • posted at 10:14 am on Sat, May 29, 2010.

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    Wow! This is bad. A shooting by the high school? I hope this crime is moved to the top of the detective’s list. Hopefully the LPD can solve this case and get this criminal of the street ASAP!

     
  • posted at 6:12 am on Sat, May 29, 2010.

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    In the US the pharmacies are still the best way to distribute the pills. There are two illegal sales problems with pills. They are usually taken from the patient by someone they know(and rarely from the pharmacy, like forged scripts). The other is that a lot of pills are brought over from Mexico. The profit margin is huge. Ask anyone who has been there how much pills/meds cost there compared to here. I speak of all types of meds and not just oxcy.

     
  • posted at 4:31 am on Sat, May 29, 2010.

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    lodivice: Out of curiosity, why is every word capitalized? Just wondering as I've never seen that before. :-)

     
  • posted at 4:01 am on Sat, May 29, 2010.

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    Whatever Happened To Being On Drugs Only When Sick? Now It's All Day/Night Don't Even Have To Get Out Of One's Car So Much For Not Drinking & Driving Beam Me Up Scotty I Think I Hear Free Health Care!

     
  • posted at 7:14 pm on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    mikejoneswho, nice post, good info.

     
  • posted at 3:03 pm on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    ODDJOB, sad to say the caliber was apparently not big enough to get the job done.

     
  • posted at 1:12 pm on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    I got to say this is A much bigger and important story then the lowlife in Thornton. We know this kid was no angel but a 19 yr old getting shot like this is a horrible thing. Don't get me wrong, if you play the game you accept the pain But at 19. Very very sad day in Lodi. That Drug, Oxycontin is Heroin thru and thru. Although Vicodine is the gateway to it. It is no where near the strength of Oxy. Parents! hide your pills and hide them good. This drug is turning these kids into Heroin junkies and they will do anything to get there hands on it. A company last year created a seal to go around the pill to curb the illegal use of the potent drug. But guess what, drug company's blocked that. They don't care where it goes as long as it goes. Granted the junkie would figure a way to break the seal but some would have been saved. This drug should be taking out of the Pharmacies and distributed another way. I have personally seen this horrible drug ruin lives. Yet the doctors keep pushing it.

     
  • posted at 11:13 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    Anyone know what caliber was used?

     
  • posted at 7:57 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    Being a female I think I have pre$$ure$on figured out. Poor fella, you seem a little 'pent up'. I think you need some release. You can get THAT at 11:30pm too!! Your comments are getting old. But then, you probably thrive on all the negativity tossed at you. You're a blogging superstar!!

     
  • posted at 6:40 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    I try to be fair on all topics, and like anyone else I have my opinion or point of view, but Geez.... pre$$ur$on sounds like he is under way too much pressure lately. Judging by other posters I am not alone on this observation.

     
  • posted at 6:38 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on wrote on May 27, 2010 7:51 AM:" T&C, is this another snide "illegal immigration" rant? Since when does anyone besides yourself have to be in bed by dark for fear of being accosted by one of those you hate so much? I guess because this amn is seemingly not a Mexican, you don't accuse him of being one of "them"? STAY focused and on topic pre$$ur$on! This is not a Immigration article. GOSH!!!! I hate trying to help you keep on topic pre$$ur$on!

     
  • posted at 5:52 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    pooreastside,,wdsjr55,,,I agree with you both.'Pre$$ure",your act is old.

     
  • posted at 4:48 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    Wow, pressure is really losing it. All T&C was saying was if the person was home sleeping like normal non-druggie people he wouldn't have been shot. It has nothing to do with race.

     
  • posted at 4:29 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    So pre$$ure$on, you are assuming the drug dealer and shooter were Mexicans? Who is being racist now?

     
  • posted at 3:36 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    Next time I hope the medical personnel are slower to respond to a drug deal gone bad.

     
  • posted at 3:35 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    pre$$ureure$on. Why every time T & C makes a post do you have to jump on here and critize, no matter what he says. Getting tired of your opinions. Can't you make a statment of your own and leave T & C out of it?

     
  • posted at 3:13 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    I feel no pity for this victim. He chose to do something illegal. When you do something illegal it usually involves a criminal, in this case a drug dealer. Drug dealers dont care. They want money and be done with you, get out of their face. To me its sounds like a set up between the drug dealer and the other guys. Wonder how many people they ripped off that night. Think about it, are you going to call the cops and tell them " I was buying oxycontin off a drug dealer and was robbed". Now I bet Mr. Abu-Arqoub is not going to snitch because it will affect his street cred.

     
  • posted at 2:51 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    T&C, is this another snide "illegal immigration" rant? Since when does anyone besides yourself have to be in bed by dark for fear of being accosted by one of those you hate so much? I guess because this amn is seemingly not a Mexican, you don't accuse him of being one of "them"?

     
  • posted at 2:28 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    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.Had you been in bed sleeping at 11 pm silly man you would not have been shot!

     
  • posted at 2:22 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    Another POS taxpayers will nurse back to health so he can continue his druggie life.

     

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