Roberto Guzman / AP
A mix-up and a bad picture contributed to a gunman retired to retired Red Sox player David Ortiz unintentionally, rather than his intended target in Santo Domingo, the Dominican officials announced Wednesday.
Surveillance video from the evening of June 9 shows a man approaching Ortiz, a legend in his native Dominican Republic, and shot him back in the near row while Ortiz sits at the outer bar of the capital's bar of the country.
Following Ortiz was his friend, Sixto David Fernández – the actual target, says Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez and Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, director of the national police. Officials gave an update on a news conference in Santo Domingo.
Within a dozen people were arrested in the case, including suspected gunman, identified by police as Rolfi Ferreras Cruz.
Dominican Víctor officials Hugo Gómez, whom they described as a companion to a Mexico drug cartel, was believed to have been orchestrated in the hit in an attempt to kill his cousin, Fernández. They said Gómez was suspecting his relative had betrayed him to drug investigators in Dominican years ago.
Fernández is known for the upscale Dial Bar and Lounge, which regularly keeps a table every Sunday, police said. On the other hand, Ortiz rarely visited, so his appearance came as a favor to other visitors.
But the unexpected visit put Ortiz on the wrong place and wrong time in what officials call "miraculous mistakes." They point to evidence that includes mobile communication between suspects describing Fernández's table, with a faint picture taken minutes before the attack.
An accomplice, identified as Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota, was angry with Fernández's picture in the bar in an effort to help the gunman identify him, authorities said. But the lighting was bad and in the picture and the lower body of Fernández was covered with a white object, as though he was wearing a white shirt. Fernández was wearing black pants. And Ortiz, wearing white pants, was wounded by a bullet intended for Fernández, officials said.
Speaking through bars of his Dominican prison last week, Ferreras Cruz told reporters that he made a mistake based on Ortiz's information on the color of his dress. Officials confirm the claim for the first time.
However, according to Associated Press reports, some Dominicans remain skeptical that a baseball superstar with a height of more than 6 feet tall and dresses in exceptional flashy clothing and Jewelry can be confused with Fernández, which appears to be smaller and has a lighter skin color.
Ortiz, 43, remains in an intensive care unit at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital, after undergoing surgery. His wife Tiffany Ortiz said this week that doctors changed his condition to goodness.
Famous nickname Big Papi, Ortiz retired from Red Sox in 2016, after helping the team win three World Series championships. In his nearly two decades racing career, Ortiz reached 541 homeruns and became 10-time All Star.
Television personality Jhoel López was also injured in shooting at the bar; he is expected to recover.
Gómez, the alleged mastermind, remains great and is believed to be in the United States. Attorney General Rodríguez said that the FBI requested the FBI to get him.