David Ortiz Was Allegedly Targeted by Drug Kingpin César ‘The Abuser’ Peralta in 2019 Shooting

David Ortiz

David Ortiz Was Allegedly Targeted by Drug Kingpin César ‘The Abuser’ Peralta in 2019 Shooting

It looks like new information is being revealed in the 2019 shooting of Boston Red Sox legend, David Ortiz!

In a new report from The Boston Globe, former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis claimed that drug lord César “The Abuser” Peralta felt disrespected by David Ortiz, 46, and subsequently put a bounty on his head. Ortiz survived the shooting, but underwent multiple surgeries and spent almost two months in the hospital. This new discovery follows a six-month private investigation into the matter.

David Ortiz

The report states that the Major League Baseball star and the drug kingpin crossed paths “multiple times” before the 2019 shooting in Ortiz’s native country, Dominican Republic. David Ortiz said in a phone call with The Boston Globe that he was “sad, confused, angry, all kinds of emotions” when Davis–whom he hired to conduct the investigation into his shooting, informed him of the news. Ortiz also said he and César Peralta were not close friends but simply associates. Reportedly, Ortiz also hired Ric Prado, a former high-ranking CIA official, to take part in the investigation. As noted in the report, Davis’ findings go against the initial reported findings of Dominican officials.

As previously reported, prosecutors in the case initially claimed David Ortiz wasn’t the intended target in the shooting. Reportedly, Ortiz was in the mixup of mistaken identity following an alleged drug lord, José Eduardo ‘Chunky’ Ciprián, to execute a man in connection of his wife’s affair.

David Ortiz, “Chunky”

According to the new report, Ortiz also alleged that former Dominican attorney general Jean Alain Rodríguez asked him to make a public statement supporting the mistaken identity theory. CIA official Ric Prado said,

“We understood the attorney general was trying to make [Peralta’s possible involvement] go away, because if Peralta went down, many people in the government were going to go down.”

Since the 2019 shooting, both Peralta and Rodríguez are in jail in connection with unrelated crimes.
During the recent interview, David Ortiz also denied the rumor that he was romantically involved with César Peralta’s wife or girlfriend. Ric Prado told the news outlet,
“Even if there was no affair, just the fact that one of Peralta’s women was attracted to David or was flirting with him, that could be seen by Peralta as an affront.”

According to reports, 13 suspects are awaiting trial in the case, including alleged Gulf Cartel associate Victor Hugo Gomez, who authorities have accused of helping plot out a hit against Ortiz’s friend, Sixto David Fernández.

The men allegedly involved in the hit included two U.S. fugitives involved with a violent Dominican street gang called Trinitarios.

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Authored by: Monique Nicole