Dominican Republic Attorney General: Ortiz shooting case of mistaken identity
8:05 PM PT
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, another man who was seated at the same table at an outdoor cafe, Dominican officials said Wednesday.
The Dominican Republic’s attorney general and the national police director told reporters that the attempted murder was ordered from the United States by Victor Hugo Gomez, an associate of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel. They said Gomez had hired a gang of killers to eliminate his cousin, whom Gomez suspected of turning him in to Dominican drug investigators in 2011.
… Ortiz remains hospitalized in Boston, where doctors have upgraded his condition from guarded to good.
… Rodriguez and Bautista said the case of mistaken identity began when one of the accomplices snapped a blurry photo of Fernandez seated at the Dial Bar and Lounge in an upscale section of Santo Domingo. In the photo, a white freezer obscures Fernandez’s lower body, making it look like he was wearing white pants when, in fact, he was wearing black pants, officials said….
Nonetheless, many Dominicans were skeptical that their country’s most famous person, a 6-foot, 3-inch man weighing around 250 pounds, could be mistaken for Fernandez, who appeared to be far smaller with a lighter complexion in a photo provided by authorities.
“He is big. He likes to attract attention,” said Daniel Pou, an independent consultant on public security. “He wears a lot of jewelry. He’s flashy all around.”
The alleged shooter is a skinny, tattooed 25-year-old whom U.S. prosecutors said is wanted on armed robbery and gun charges in New Jersey. His driver was captured immediately after the shooting when he fell off the motorcycle he was trying to use to escape.
… Ferreyra told reporters from the window of a jail cell this week that he did not mean to shoot Ortiz, but fired at him in confusion over his clothing.
Gomez, the alleged mastermind, is believed to be in the United States and is being sought by the Drug Enforcement Administration …