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David Ortiz was not intended victim of shooting: Dominican prosecutor

Added 06-20-19 12:10:07am EST - “The shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz in Santo Domingo earlier ...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “David Ortiz was not intended victim of shooting: Dominican prosecutor”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SANTA DOMINGO (Reuters) - The shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz in Santo Domingo earlier this month was a case of mistaken identity, Dominican Republic Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez said on Wednesday.

Ortiz was shot during the night of June 9 while seated at an open-air nightclub in the capital of his native country. However, Rodriguez said the attackers had meant to kill another man sitting at the table with the popular baseball star.

“The investigation shows that the object of the criminal attack on David Ortiz was not him,” Rodriguez told a news conference, saying that the intended victim had been a friend of Ortiz, whom he identified as Sixto David Fernandez.

Ortiz, a national hero in the Dominican Republic, has been recovering in a Boston hospital since the attack took place. His friend Jhoel Lopez, a television host, was also wounded in the leg in the shooting.

Fernandez was a frequent visitor to the club and regularly reserved a table there on Sundays, Rodriguez added.

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