The older brother of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin was hospitalized Sunday after being shot five times outside his West Hills home, his mother said.
In an interview, Lana Ravin said her son, 30-year-old Joel Ravin, was heavily sedated and in stable condition after undergoing surgery.
The shooting occurred about 1:45 a.m. in the 22900 block of Vanowen Street, said Sgt. Javier Lara of the Los Angeles Police Department. As the victim pulled into his residential driveway, which is in an alley, he was approached by a man described as white and in his 30s.
An altercation took place, and the assailant opened fire while the victim was inside his vehicle, Lara said. The shooter then fled the scene in a red two-door vehicle.
Ravin’s mother said his girlfriend ran to his aid after he was struck in his neck, spine, arm and kidney.
“She tried to put pressure on something but there was just too much blood,” Lana Ravin told KTLA. “She couldn’t tell where the wound was.”
The victim was transported to a hospital and was expected to survive, the LAPD said.
“I’m just so sad about the whole thing,” Lana Ravin said, her voice cracking with emotion. “It’s hard to believe. You know?”
Police investigators and Ravin’s family said they believed the gunman and victim knew each other, though the nature of their relationship was unclear.
“We know who the shooter is. So does the LAPD,” Josh Ravin wrote in at tweet late Sunday afternoon. “Justice is on the way!”
The Chatsworth High School graduate made his debut as a Dodger in June, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The team clinched the National League West Division title on Tuesday with a win over the San Francisco Giants.
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— Josh Ravin™ (@Freshsqueezed71) October 5, 2015