Doctors say a man is lucky to be alive after he wandered into an Oceanside hotel with a bullet lodged in his head, according to Oceanside Police.
The man, bleeding from his wound, walked with a woman into the lobby of the Best Western Plus Oceanside Palms at 909 N. Coast Highway at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.
After the hotel clerk called 911, the couple became uncooperative with arriving paramedics and officers.
Medics told the man he needed to go to the hospital, so he left for Tri-City Medical Center, where doctors performed a CT scan.
They discovered an entry wound above his right eyebrow, and a small caliber round was lodged in his head, just above his right ear, police say.
Doctors told investigators the man could have died.
Police say they believe the shooting happened in Santa Ana or Orange County.
The man and woman were not registered guests at the hotel, nor did they have a car parked there. Police are not sure how they showed up in the lobby.