Sixto David Fernandez
Sixto David Fernandez is the owner of an auto repair shop, in the [[Dominican Republic], and a friend of baseball player David Ortiz. On June 19, 2019, Dominican Republic investigators asserted they suspected that the shooter who wounded Ortiz really intended to shoot Fernandez.
Fernandez was a regular at the Dial Bar and Lounge, in Santo Domingo, where the shooting occurred, and Ortiz was dressed similarly to Fernandez. A third friend, Jhoel Lopez, was injured by a bullet after it transitted Ortiz's body. Fernandez was unhurt.
Victor Hugo Gómez Vasquez of the Gulf Cartel is suspected of being the mastermind of the shooting. Officials said they suspected he had offered the shooters $8,000 for shooting Fernandez. The New York Post reported that authorities speculate that Gomez may have suspected Fernandez had been informing on him, to the American Drug Enforcement Agency.
Fernandez has denied any involvement in, or knowledge of, the drug trade.
The alleged triggerman, Rolfi Ferreira Cruz, and ten other suspects, were arrested. Gomez, and two other men suspected in playing a role in the hit, Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase, Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota, remain at large.
- Lorena Mongelli; Ebony Bowden (2019-06-19). "David Ortiz shot in botched hit job ordered for his friend: authorities". New York Post. https://nypost.com/2019/06/19/david-ortiz-shot-in-botched-hit-job-ordered-for-his-friend-authorities/. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
- James Wagner (2019-06-19). "David Ortiz Was Not Target of Shooting, Authorities Say". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/19/sports/david-ortiz-shooting.html?action=click&module=Latest&pgtype=Homepage. Retrieved 2019-06-19. "Jean Alain Rodríguez, the country’s top prosecutor, said Ortiz, who was shot in the back and underwent emergency surgery that night before being transported to Boston, was wearing similar clothing to a friend, Sixto David Fernandez, who was the intended target of the shooting."
- Rachel Sandler (2019-06-19). "Hitmen Who Shot David Ortiz Meant To Kill His Friend, Authorities Say". Forbes magazine. https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelsandler/2019/06/19/hitmen-who-shot-david-ortiz-meant-to-kill-his-friend-authorities-say/#6ddb5d5a61a9. Retrieved 2019-06-19. "Officials believe Victor Hugo Gómez Vasquez, a fugitive who is a member of the Gulf Cartel, is the mastermind behind the alleged hit. The Gulf Cartel is a major drug trafficker in Mexico, according to the Associated Press."