By Tom Blakey

Transcript Staff Writer

Police say an acquaintance of Jesus A. Vallejo was handling a .22 caliber handgun when it accidentally discharged, striking Vallejo in the side.

The man’s name is not being released, pending the filing of criminal charges, police say. Investigators plan to present their findings to the district attorney’s office early next week.

Vallejo, 21, of Norman, walked into the Norman Regional Hospital Emergency Department about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, with a gunshot wound to his left side. He was escorted by the acquaintance who left without speaking to hospital personnel. Witnesses outside the emergency room provided officers with the description of a vehicle with a female driver, in which Vallejo and the other man had arrived. Vallejo subsequently died during emergency surgery, officials said.

According to police, detectives followed numerous leads, “including information received after the release of images from the hospital surveillance video.”

The man and woman who took Vallejo to the hospital were ultimately identified and interviewed by detectives. Police say the shooting occurred during a social gathering at the acquaintance’s residence in the 1900 block of Cherokee Lane in southeast Norman. The man apparently was handling the .22 caliber handgun when it accidentally discharged, striking Vallejo in the side, police said.

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