Ortiz shooting a case of mistaken identity: Police

Authorities in the Dominican Republic say another man, Sixto David Fernandez, was the target of the shooting, not David Ortiz.
2:12 | 06/20/19

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Now to that stunning turn in the David Ortiz shooting. Dominican authorities say the former red sox star was not the intended target of the shooting and that this was a case of mistaken identity. Victor Oquendo is in Santo Domingo with the latest. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. Despite being one of the most recognizable people in the Dominican Republic, a beloved icon and prosecutors say he was shot by mistake. Now the hunt is on for the alleged mastermind. Reporter: In a shocking Twitter Dominican authorities say the intended target was a man sitting at the same table as David or tease, sixto David Fernandez dressed in similar fashion to the former slugger. They believe the plot's orchestrater is Victor Hugo Gomez last seen in the U.S. Where he's wanted on charges including a feared drug cartel. Gomez and Fernandez believed to be the intended target are related and prosecutors say Gomez was upset with Fernandez, he believed he ratted him out years ago resulting in him going to prison. This new surveillance video allegedly shows several suspects at a nearby gas station before two ride in a motorcycle to the nightclub just minutes before big Papi was shot. One of the suspects taking this photo of the intended target but authorities say the hit man simply shot the wrong person confusing Ortiz and Fernandez because of their attire. Moments after the shooting, watch as investigators say another suspect supervising the hit stays on scene holding on to his beer sipping it and making a call while everyone else flees. 11 suspects have been arrested so far including 25-year-old rolfy Ferreyra Cruz who police say pulled the trigger. Last week the chief of police held up the gun he says Cruz used in the alleged ambush that nearly cost Ortiz his life. The ten-time all-star is still in intensive care at a Massachusetts hospital and has recently been upgraded to good condition. Three suspects are still at large including the alleged mastermind. The Dominican Republic has reached out to American authorities for help. David. Victor, thank you.

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