The onetime Red Sox slugger was shot in the back by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, Dominican officials said Wednesday
Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back by a gunman who mistake him for the real target, another man who was sat at the same table at an outdoor cafe, Dominican officials said Wednesday.
The Dominican Republic’s attorney general and national police director told reporters that the aimed slaying was from the United Position by Victor Hugo Gomez, an affiliate of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel. They said Gomez had hired a mob of murderers to eliminate his cousin, whom Gomez suspected of turning him in to Dominican drug researchers in 2011.
The cousin, Sixto David Fernandez, was seated with the former baseball sun during the night of 9 June, when a gunman approached and shot a single shot at Ortiz, government officials said. Fernandez owned an auto-repair shop and was friends with Ortiz, according to attorney general Jean Alain Rodriguez and major general Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, administrator of the Dominican Republic’s national police.
Ortiz remains hospitalized in Boston, where doctors have upgraded his health from guarded to good.
At least 11 parties have been arrested in the case so far, arraying from the suspect gunman to a series of motorists and relatively minor accomplice. Rodriguez and Bautista said the case of mistaken identity began when one of the henchmen shot a blurry photo of Fernandez set at the Dial Bar and Lounge in an upscale part of Santo Domingo. In the photo, a white-hot freezer blurs Fernandez’s lower body, concluding it look like he was wearing white pants when, in fact, he was wearing black breathes, officials said.
” It was a badly well-lighted photo taken instants before the two attacks ,” the chief prosecutor said.
Ortiz was wearing white breathes during the night of the shoot and law-enforcement officials expressed the view that the gunman, Rolfy Ferreyra, misstep him for the target and fired.
Nonetheless, countless Dominicans were skeptical that their country’s most famous person, a 6ft 3in( 2m) guy weighing around 250 lbs( 113 kg ), could be mistaken for Fernandez, who appeared to be far smaller with a lighter colour in a photo provided by authorities.
” He is big. He said that she wished to attract attention ,” said Daniel Pou, an independent consultant on public safety.” He wears a lot of jewelry. He’s flashy countries throughout .”
The alleged crap-shooter is a skinny, tattooed 25 -year-old whom US counsels told me that i required on armed robbery and gun commissions in New Jersey. His driver was captivated immediately after the film where reference is fell off the motorcycle he was trying to use to escape.
Ferreyra and the other doubts were captured over the next few days. Ferreyra told reporters from the window of a jail cell this week that he did not mean to shoot Ortiz, but opened fire on him in confusion over his clothing.
Gomez, the suspect mastermind, is believed to be in the United State and is being sought by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bautista said, pointing to a news report in which federal authorities identified Gomez as one of various doubts in a March 2019 drug trafficking sting in Houston, Texas.
The weapon used in the shooting, a Browning Hi Power semiautomatic pistol, was buried in the garden-variety of one of the suspect’s home and was later turned over to police by his mother, according to court documents obtained by the Associated Press.
Also alleged is Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaino, aka Bone, whom they say was hired by someone who is in prison on unrelated fees to be the communication between the collision men and the person who paid them. Government say Perez shared the picture of the target as he met the other doubts at a nearby gasoline station just minutes before the shooting.
They said Perez then sold the cellphone used to plan the attack and to distribute a picture of the target to a woman for $180 so he could get rid of the evidence a daylight after the shooting.
Police are still looking for at least three other doubts: the status of women known as The Venezuelan or Red; Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase, aka The Surgeon, who is demanded for a 2018 shooting in Reading, Pennsylvania, and was believed to be driving a auto used to stalk Fernandez; and Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota, whom jurisdictions trust paid the knock husbands. Governments have said coordinator of assault was offered 400,000 Dominican pesoes, or about $7,800.
A video from the scene of the shooting pictures everyone fleeing or huddling except for Rodriguez, who stands calmly amid the chaos.
” He grabbed his beer to make sure it was safe ,” Bautista said.
Authorities likewise are analyse Fernandez, the guessed target, Bautista added.
Ortiz is recouping at Massachusetts General Hospital. Doctors in the Dominican Republic removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine before he was wheeled into an air ambulance sent by the Red Sox and flown to Boston.
He guided the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10 -time All Star and affected 541 home runs. The Red Sox retired his figure, 34, in 2017, and he has a bridge and a strain of street outside Fenway Park appointed after him. He has a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston, that he shared with his wife and three children before putting it up for sale.
Although he lives in Boston, the 43 -year-old Ortiz trips the Dominican Republic several times a year. His father and sister live in Santo Domingo.