WOODLAND HILLS (CNS) — LAPD detectives continue their investigation into the shooting incident involving Joel Ravin, brother of Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Raven. But a department spokesman said Wednesday, Oct. 7, they had no new information to release.
Detectives interviewed witnesses at the shooting location on Monday, Oct. 5. But investigators won’t say if they know the identity of the shooter, while the Raven family members claim the family knows who it is.
The incident happened near 22901 Vanowen St. about 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 4, said Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez. “A man in his 30s was shot multiple times,” Lopez said. Police later confirmed it was Ravin, age 30.
Lopez said the gunman also was a man in his 30s.
Josh Ravin posted several statements about his brother’s shooting on his Twitter account. In the first, Ravin wrote, “My brother was shot three times this morning by a mentally unstable person. We don’t need gun control. We need mental health control.”
About 12:30 p.m., Ravin posted again, “I do not know any details on the shooting except that he was shot five times not three. He is in stable condition.”
Then about 2:30 p.m. he posted a third statement. “Last time I checked guns weren’t sentient.”
About 5:45 p.m., Ravin posted a fourth statement. It said: “We know who the shooter is. So does the LAPD. Justice is on the way!”
Ravin’s mother, Lana Ravin of Woodland Hills, told a media outlet that her wounded son was shot five times, and had a bullet lodged in his kidney and one in his neck. One of the bullets nicked his spinal cord and the victim had surgery on his arm Sunday morning, with more surgeries to come, she said.
Lana Ravin also said her son knew his assailant for years and was shot while exiting his car in the complex where he lived. He was found by his girlfriend and told her the gunman’s name. Lana Ravin said.
“(She) tried to put pressure on something but there was just too much blood, she couldn’t tell where the wound was,” Lana Ravin said in a broadcast interview.
A sergeant at the LAPD’s Topanga Station said earlier that police had yet to confirm the family’s statement that Ravin knew his attacker. There is no suspect identified or in custody, Sgt. Greg Houser said.
On Wednesday, Topanga Station officers referred all inquiries to the LAPD Media Relations office in downtown Los Angeles.