Mike Nolan, the Oakland A’s 18th round selection in the 2014 draft, is in very serious condition after being shot in the head in a drive-by shooting early Friday in the parking lot of a Burger King, according to police in Yonkers, New York.
Bullet casings littered the ground outside the fast-food restaurant on Central Park Avenue where the pitcher was shot just after 12:30 a.m., police said.
His father, Jimmy Nolan, identified the victim as Nolan, a pitcher from Yonkers who is listed as a member of the short season Arizona Athletics, though he has been on the restricted list and has not played for them. He said his son was also shot in the torso and is now fighting for his life.
Authorities say the victim was standing outside his car with his friends when he was shot. Police say the suspect drove up on a service road and fired five or six shots at the victim before driving off. There was no return fire.
Authorities say the two may have been involved in an earlier dispute but police believe Nolan was an innocent victim. He was taken to Jacobi Medical Center.
Yonkers police called Nolan's shooting "senseless," adding he was of high regard in the community. Authorities are looking for possible surveillance video that may help lead to an arrest. Police said they're looking for a pale yellow two-door Honda in connection with the shooting.