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Dominican Police Say David Ortiz Was Not the Intended Target in Santo Domingo Shooting

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox waits for his at-bat in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians during game three of the American League Divison Series at Fenway Park on October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Maddie Meyer

The baseball world came together as one to send good vibes to former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, who was shot in the Dominican Republic in what was deemed an assassination attempt. Luckily, Ortiz is in Boston recovering and had his status recently updated to "good" by his doctors.

The latest reports from Dominican authorities, however, could turn this entire incident on its head. Police in Santo Domingo say that Ortiz was not the target of the shooting, but rather someone sitting at the same table.

Dominican authorities claim that the intended target was Sixto David Fernandez, who was wearing clothing similar to Ortiz's and was sitting next to him at the same table. Police have also identified the mastermind of this whole scheme as Victor Hugo Gomez, a member of the "Gulf Cartel," who is also a wanted criminal in the United States.

While Gomez is still at large, Ortiz has been able to recover from his near-fatal incident.