Police in Yonkers, New York reported that Oakland Athletics’ 2014 draft pick Mike Nolan was hospitalized in critical condition on Friday, following a drive-by shooting that left him seriously injured.
Nolan was shot in the head and torso while standing near his car in the parking lot of a Burger King restaurant in Yonkers, according to the story reported by multiple sources, including Sports Illustrated.
Several shots were fired into a group of people, including Nolan, although it is unclear who the exact target was. Police believe the shooting is related to an earlier dispute over a drag race that had occurred the previous night, and Nolan was an innocent bystander.
Jane Lerner reported that the community is deeply concerned for Nolan:
"“Chief of Detectives Timothy Hodges said five or six shots were fired at the Mercedes, hitting Nolan in the head and torso. Hodges said Friday morning Nolan was in “extremely critical condition” at the hospital.“At this point, we believe he was an innocent victim,” Hodges said. “He’s been a friend of the city of Yonkers and a person of high regard.” “"
The shooting remains under investigation, and police are searching for the suspects.
The Athletics drafted Nolan in the 18th round of the 2014 draft, making him the 552 overall selection, but he has never pitched in a minor league game for the Oakland organization. Although assigned to the Arizona Rookie League team, Nolan has been on the restricted list since July of last season, after signing with the team on June 13th.
The left-handed pitcher was selected from Oklahoma City University, and is just 23 years old. It is unclear why he was placed on the restricted list, rather than making his minor league debut.
Our thoughts are with Mike Nolan, his family and friends during this time.
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Editor’s Note: There have been several inquiries about how the A’s community can help Mike Nolan and his family. As of this time, we are still seeking that information. We will update this post as soon as we find out more.