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David Ortiz looks on before the Red Sox home opening game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on April 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

More news reports continue to come out and complicate the story surrounding the shooting of David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. According to the latest details, this wasn’t the first time Ortiz faced an attempt on his life.

Per Teri Thompson and Christian Red of the New York Daily News, three sources have described an incident involving a car chase that took place months before the June 9 shooting in Santo Domingo. They say a black Mercedes SUV chased down Ortiz’s white Lexus and ran it off the road, causing it to crash into a nearby firehouse. The sources claim cover-up, because there was never an official report of the incident and it was never reported in the media.

The claims of a prior incident poke holes in the claims of the alleged gunman, 25-year-old Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz, who recently told reporters from his jail cell that Ortiz was not his intended target.

Rumors and stories also continue to percolate about the shooting’s possible connections to a Dominican drug lord known as “The Abuser”. Sources confirmed to the Daily News that the DEA is actively involved in the investigation and that the alleged drug kingpin is a person of interest in the case.

At least 12 people have been arrested in connection with the shooting. Two of them have been wanted in the U.S. for unrelated cases. Ominously, sources described deep ties to the northeast United States with Dominican drug operations and remarked that the Ortiz shooting “could have easily happened in the U.S.”

The true motives for the shooting remain unclear, but there are several directions the case could take that would tie Ortiz to some nefarious characters. The important thing for Ortiz right now is that he is expected to fully recover from the incident after surgery in Boston. But it appears that this investigation could only get more complicated from here.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at