Dominican Republic’s National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista (L), Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez (C) and prosecutor Milciades Guzman (R) attend a information convention on the assault on baseball legend David Ortiz, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic June 19, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas
SANTA DOMINGO (Reuters) – The taking pictures of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz in Santo Domingo earlier this month was a case of mistaken identification, Dominican Republic Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez mentioned on Wednesday.
Ortiz was shot in the course of the evening of June 9 whereas seated at an open-air nightclub within the capital of his native nation. However, Rodriguez mentioned the attackers had meant to kill one other man sitting on the desk with the favored baseball star.
“The investigation exhibits that the item of the legal assault on David Ortiz was not him,” Rodriguez instructed a information convention, saying that the supposed sufferer had been a buddy of Ortiz, whom he recognized as Sixto David Fernandez.
Ortiz, a nationwide hero within the Dominican Republic, has been recovering in a Boston hospital for the reason that assault happened. His buddy Jhoel Lopez, a tv host, was additionally wounded within the leg within the taking pictures.
Fernandez was a frequent customer to the membership and commonly reserved a desk there on Sundays, Rodriguez added.
The man suspected of planning the assault was Victor Hugo Gomez, a fugitive from U.S. justice with hyperlinks to Mexico’s Gulf Cartel drug gang, who believed Fernandez had betrayed him to legislation enforcement authorities some years in the past, Rodriguez mentioned.
Several arrests have been revamped the assault, and Rodriguez mentioned throughout his information convention that 4 extra folks linked to the taking pictures had been taken into custody.
Among them was Ramon Martinez Perez, the person suspected of finishing up the assault, he added.
Widely often known as “Big Papi,” the 43-year-old Ortiz is a sporting legend in Boston for his function in three World Series baseball championships.
Additional reporting by Geraldine Downer; Editing by Dave Graham and Michael Perry