Baseball legend David Ortiz wasn’t intended target in shooting, police say

Nightclub surveilance video shows David Ortiz, highlighted, moments before he was shot.

Nightclub surveilance video shows David Ortiz, highlighted, moments before he was shot.

The man who shot former Rex Sox slugger David Ortiz thought he was shooting at Ortiz’s friend, authorities say.

Ortiz was at a bar with friend Sixto David Fernandez in the Dominican Republic on June 9 when he was shot. The attack was initially thought to be a murder-for-hire against the baseball legend, but authorities now say the hitman was trying to target Fernandez, whose cousin supposedly orchestrated the attack.

Police say Victor Hugo Gomez, who is wanted by the U.S. Drug and Enforcement Administration, was the mastermind behind the plan. Gomez allegedly suspected his cousin, Fernandez, turned him into authorities in 2011, and thus ordered a hit on him.

Eleven suspects have been arrested in the attack, none of whom are Gomez. Ortiz is reportedly recovering in Massachusetts and is in good shape.

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