Dominican Republic prosecutors identify alleged man who paid for hit on David Ortiz

Associated Press

Published 6:50 a.m. ET June 18, 2019 | Updated 7:09 a.m. ET June 18, 2019


Surveillance video appears to show someone shooting at the back of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz at a bar in the Dominican Republic. A previous version of this video misidentified Ortiz.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dominican authorities on Monday identified the man they believe paid hit men to try and kill David Ortiz, adding that they were closing in on the mastermind and motive behind the shooting of the famous slugger who is recovering at a hospital in Boston.

The man was identified as Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota, whom authorities say is a fugitive. The announcement was made as a judge held a hearing closed to the public for another suspect nicknamed “Bone.” Officials did not release details, but according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press, the man, whose real name is Gabriel Alexánder Pérez Vizcaíno, is accused of being the liaison between the alleged hit men and the person who paid them.

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