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Man Shot in Head Drives Himself Home

Associated Press

February 02, 2011

LODI – A Lodi gun store owner who was shot in the forehead Thursday night during what police believe was an armed robbery drove himself home after the incident.

Carl Nick Flores, owner of Nick’s Gunworks, was wounded in the apparent robbery at his gun store at 440 E. Lodi Ave., Lodi police Detective Nick Rafiq said.

Rafiq said it appears the 60-year-old Flores was unconscious on the floor of the shop for some time before he got up, locked the business and drove to his home a few blocks away. Police were called to the west Lodi home at about 9:30 p.m. after Flores’ wife found him in the living room with the head wound and contacted police.

“It appears to be a small firearm, possibly a .22-caliber,” Rafiq said. “The bullet did not pass through his skull but exited through the left temple.”

Flores was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital and later to the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento.

Flores is reportedly in stable condition, Rafiq said, and was conscious when contacted by police late Thursday, although he had no recollection of what happened.

Rafiq said the gun store, which is located at street level amid a strip of retail and commercial businesses and is across the street from a grocery store on Lodi Avenue, is not equipped with surveillance cameras. However, police are searching for two “people of interest” in the case based on information provided by witnesses.

Witnesses told police that a gray 1980s Nissan sedan pulled up to the store between 6 and 6:15 p.m. Two men exited the car and “were acting suspicious,” Rafiq said.

One of the men is described as a black man, 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 170 pounds. The second man is described as black, 6 feet 1 inches tall and about 180 pounds, Rafiq said. Both men were seen wearing all black clothing and gloves, witnesses told police.

Rafiq said anyone arrested in the case likely will face charges of attempted murder and robbery. He encouraged anybody with information to contact him at (209) 333-6747.


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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Call 911 and buy some surveillance cameras. Get well quickly.

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    Ashurbanipal

    over 3 years ago

    74 Comments

    Strong man, glad he's gonna be alright

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    RLW

    over 3 years ago

    292 Comments

    Thank god it was a small caliber.

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    BForJuvCor

    over 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    An angel saved another. Hopefully he pulls through.

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    lkdavis71

    over 3 years ago

    1066 Comments

    A very lucky man.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Lucky

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    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10636 Comments

    Speedy and full recovery prayed for Mr. Flores.

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    revcarey70

    over 3 years ago

    234 Comments

    Glad Flores is OK.

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    FireDad

    over 3 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Glad Mr. Flores will be ok.. Hope they catch the suspects.

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    OS441

    over 3 years ago

    1038 Comments

    Wow.

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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10982 Comments

    I hope they get these guys. Glad that the store owner will make it. They must have really surprized him. Every gun store I have been in the owner and employees are armed to the teeth.

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    corylovesandrea

    over 3 years ago

    6222 Comments

    Hope that recovery goes quickly and without incident. Also hope that the shooter is found and brought to justice.

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    els98

    over 3 years ago

    472 Comments

    Crazy how the body and mind can completely block out a tramatic event

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    43046 Comments

    Prayers for a complete recovery.

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    t1401hm

    over 3 years ago

    1754 Comments

    Robbing a gun store?? Really?

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