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Oakland A’s 2014 Draft Pick, Michael Nolan Critically Hurt In Drive-By Shooting in Yonkers

Yonkers, NY — Yonkers Native, 23-year-old Michael Nolan, is in critical condition after he was shot in the head and the arm early Friday morning around 12:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Burger King on Central Avenue.

Nolan, a 6’8″ tall lefty pitcher, was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 2014 first-year Major League Baseball draft. Now, he’s fighting for his life in a Bronx hospital as investigators try to figure out what prompted the violence.

Nolan was wounded near Cross County Shopping Center outside a Burger King. He was standing in the parking lot at his car with several other people. Police stress it was not a random shooting, but whether Nolan was the intended target is still not known.

“The victim was apparently standing outside with a couple of friends, I think they were eating food they had just purchased,” Chief of Investigations Timothy Hodges said. “A vehicle drove by and we’re told by witnesses, that the driver pointed a gun out the window and fired five or six shots in that person’s general direction.”

The car, described as a pale yellow or white 2007 Honda. Police said the suspect drove off and headed south on Central Avenue. Soon after, an ambulance rushed Nolan from the scene as police worked to collect evidence and shell casings.

“We are looking for a pale or yellow-colored Honda. We’re right now attempting to get some plate information,” Hodges said. “We’re looking at license plate readers, red light cameras, any video we can find.”

Members of his family were overcome with emotion as they came to the scene. Nolan’s father Jimmy Nolan, a carpenter who’s had respiratory issues since working at ground zero in the days after 9/11, is devastated and is trying to make sense of why his son was shot.

“Mike’s not doing good, he’s not — he has a bullet in the head,” he said. ” Me and my wife gotta make decisions. I don’t want to say it, but I might have to make the decision to donate his organs, I gotta do that.”

Police now believe the shooting stemmed from a dispute between two groups of people on Wednesday night.

“We believe it was associated with some type of drag racing that occurred in the area,” Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said. “It’s our belief that this shooting is the result of the prior dispute. We are trying to ascertain whether this individual was the actual intended target.”

Nolan is the second oldest of four boys in his family; the youngest is a junior in high school at Saunders. The lefty pitcher played for Oklahoma City University and was selected in the 18th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft (552nd overall) by the Oakland Athletics to fulfill a lifelong dream. He had previously undergone Tommy John surgery, a common procedure for baseball pitchers that reconstructs the ligament in the elbow by attaching it to a tendon from another part of the body. Most recently, he was pitching for the minor league Arizona Athletics, but has been on the restricted list since June 2014.

At the family’s home, Michael Maher, Nolan’s grandfather, told the Journal News: “We’re just waiting. They told us there is nothing we can do but wait.”

He said his grandson was breathing on his own.

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