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Four arrested in death of A's prospect Nolan

Yonkers police charge 17-year-old with murder after 2015 shooting
March 2, 2016

A 17-year-old from the Bronx was charged with murder and three others were arrested on assault charges in the shooting death of former Oakland A's prospect Michael Nolan, according to a report Wednesday.

Nashaun Hunter was charged with second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the September 2015 shooting of Nolan, while Garth O'Neil Cole, 22, Tejmitra Singh, 23, and Darren Dawson, 18, were charged with first-degree assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Cole is from nearby Mount Vernon, New York, while Singh and Dawson are also from the Bronx, according to The Journal News

Nolan was 23 when he was shot six times in the parking lot of a Burger King in Yonkers, New York, on Sept. 18. Police believe Nolan, who was the Athletics' 18th-round pick in the 2014 Draft, was standing outside his car just after 12:30 a.m. when a white Toyota Camry pulled up slowly and Hunter fired six bullets at the 6-foot-7 left-hander from a driver's side window. One shot struck Nolan in the head, police said.

"The car they were in slowed so that Hunter could fire six shots and kill Michael Nolan, an innocent young man with a promising future," said Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty in a statement.

Nolan, who starred at a nearby high school in Yonkers before overcoming Tommy John surgery in college, died on Oct. 8 after he was placed in a medically induced coma at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

The four suspects are being held at Westchester County Jail, according to The Journal News. The report said the names of the suspects were revealed Wednesday morning when an indictment was unsealed at Westchester County Court. The four suspects appeared in court before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary and are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, the newspaper said.

Police think the shooting was in retaliation for a fight and was linked to a drag race several nights earlier.

Nolan led Saunders High School in Yonkers with a school-record 15 wins as a senior in 2009 before undergoing left elbow surgery in 2010. Oakland selected him 552nd overall in the 2014 Draft out of Oklahoma City University and assigned him to the Rookie-level Arizona League that June but he died before making his Minor League debut.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com.