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David Ortiz: Here's What Really Happened

The former Red Sox slugger tells what it was like to be shot

(Newser) - "I almost died, man. I was in a coma. People were criticizing me as if I deserved to be killed." So said a teary-eyed David Ortiz in his first interview after being shot in the Dominic Republic on June 9, CNN reports. When the bullet slashed through his... More »

Hospital Releases David Ortiz

Retired Red Sox star was shot in the back last month

(Newser) - David Ortiz, the retired Red Sox star who was shot in the back last month, has been released from a Boston hospital. He was sitting on a bar patio in Santo Domingo on June 9 when a gunman approached and shot him; the lead prosecutor has said Ortiz may have... More »

Schumer: ATF Should Probe Dominican Republic Deaths

'We still have a whole lot of questions and very few answers'

(Newser) - The Senate's top Democrat said Sunday that the US government should step up efforts to investigate the deaths of at least eight Americans in the Dominican Republic this year. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives should lend support to the FBI and local law enforcement, said Sen.... More »

Dominican Republic Resort Dispenses With Liquor Dispensers

GM says decision isn't linked to recent deaths

(Newser) - Liquor dispensers are being pulled from guest rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino resort in Punta Cana following the deaths of two Americans. The move will "provide more tranquility for guests," General Manager Erica Lopez tells CNN , claiming the decision did not come in response to... More »

Long Island Man Is Latest to Die in Dominican Republic

Brother finds death 'very suspicious'

(Newser) - A 56-year-old man from Long Island has become the latest American tourist to die in the Dominican Republic—and while officials insist the recent spate of deaths in the country is not unusual, relatives of Vittorio Caruso say they are suspicious. Caruso died June 17 after experiencing respiratory distress and... More »

Latest Dominican Republic Sickness: a Bachelor Star

Melissa Rycroft is recovering at home after falling ill at Nickelodeon resort in Punta Cana

(Newser) - As troubling stories of mysterious illnesses and deaths in the Dominican Republic continue to mount , a familiar name to many has been caught up in the fray. Melissa Rycroft vacationed with her husband and three young children at Punta Cana's Nickelodeon resort earlier this month, and her rep tells... More »

FBI Probes Samples From One Minibar in Dominican Republic

Some say the death rate isn't statistically significant

(Newser) - The FBI is testing samples taken from at least one minibar at the Bahia Principe Hotel in Dominican Republic's La Romana, where three US tourists died in the span of five days last month. The agency is also assisting with toxicology tests on those tourists—41-year-old Miranda Schaup-Werner of... More »

Dominican AG Agrees With Ortiz Shooting Suspect

Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez says there was another target

(Newser) - The Dominican Republic's lead prosecutor says former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was not the target of a shooting in a nightclub in his hometown on June 9, the AP reports. Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez says the target was another man, dressed similarly to Ortiz, who was... More »

New Dominican Republic Victim's Brother: 'Something Is Off'

This makes what may be the 9th death of an American in the Dominican Republic

(Newser) - Another American tourist has been found dead under mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic, bringing the total over the last year to seven by the Washington Post 's count—or nine, according to NBC News . Following the death on June 10 or June 11 of Staten Island's Leyla... More »

Jimmy Buffett Fans Add to Illness Toll at Hotels

Mysterious sickness struck group in Dominican Repubilc

(Newser) - The known toll of tourists who have fallen ill at Dominican Republic hotels, some fatally , grew considerably when members of a Jimmy Buffett fan group said they were struck while staying at a beach resort in April. The Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association group was staying at the Hotel Riu Palace... More »

Ortiz Shooting Suspect Makes Surprising New Claim

'It wasn't supposed to be David,' he says, but prosecutors don't believe him

(Newser) - The man accused of shooting David Ortiz now says the baseball star wasn't the intended target. "It wasn't supposed to be David," said Rolfi Ferreira Cruz, speaking to reporters in Spanish from his jail cell in the Dominican Republic, per TMZ . The 25-year-old did not say... More »

Staten Island Woman Is Latest Tourist Death in Dominican Republic

Police are looking into the possibility of tainted booze

(Newser) - By last count, six tourists had died under mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic over the last year or so, and now there's a seventh and an eighth. NBC News reports 53-year-old Leyla Cox of Staten Island died earlier this week at Punta Cana's Excellence resort. The family... More »

The Price on Ortiz's Head? $7,830

Alleged shooter is now in custody

(Newser) - Police in the Dominican Republic revealed more details of a plot to kill Red Sox great David Ortiz Wednesday—but they declined to discuss possible motives. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said alleged shooter Rolfi Ferreira Cruz, 25, had been arrested, CNN reports. Six people are now... More »

Wounded 'Big Papi' Returns to Boston

Red Sox flew him back for treatment

(Newser) - Beloved Red Sox slugger David Ortiz landed in Boston on Monday night, just 24 hours after he was shot at a nightclub in the Dominican Republic. The former player was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital after arriving on a plane chartered by the team, the Boston Globe reports. The 43-year-old... More »

More Stories Coming Out of US Tourist Deaths at Dominican Republic Resorts

Non-fatal ailments are also starting to make headlines

(Newser) - A month before the mysterious recent deaths of three US tourists in the Dominican Republic, another US tourist died there in similar circumstances. Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California was staying at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana when he had a scotch from the minibar in... More »

Key Police Question: Was 'Big Papi' the Target?

Former Red Sox star David Ortiz recuperating from gunshot wound

(Newser) - By all accounts, former Red Sox star David Ortiz is out of imminent danger after being shot in a Dominican Republic bar Sunday night. However, the 43-year-old did suffer serious injuries, including organ damage, and will remain in the ICU for 24 hours, reports the Boston Globe . Citing a person... More »

Red Sox Legend Wounded in Dominican Republic Shooting

David Ortiz expected to make full recovery

(Newser) - Boston Red Sox great David Ortiz is in stable condition after a shooting in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night, police say. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte says the 43-year-old slugger was shot in the back from behind at near point-blank range at a nightclub in Santo... More »

3 Tourists Who Died at Resort All Had Internal Hemorrhaging

FBI is assisting with toxicology reports

(Newser) - The deaths of three American tourists in adjacent hotels in the same resort during the last week in May were unrelated incidents, according to authorities in the Dominican Republic—but autopsies show that the three had very similar symptoms. Autopsies found that Edward Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Day, who were... More »

Resort Casts Doubt on Woman's Claim of Attack

Dominican Republic hotel says Tammy Lawrence-Daley demanded $2.2M

(Newser) - Tammy Lawrence-Daley's story of being brutalized and left for dead at a Dominican Republic resort is getting a lot of attention—but now the resort is pushing back. In a lengthy statement released to CBS Philadelphia , the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana Hotel says that a search was launched within... More »

US Woman Died at Same Resort as Couple, 5 Days Before

And of the same cause, per autopsies

(Newser) - Five days before the mysterious deaths of a Maryland couple in their Dominican Republican resort hotel room, a Pennsylvania woman died at the same hotel in similar circumstances. Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, had an alcoholic drink from the mini-bar in her room, took a selfie, then stood up, "started shrieking,... More »

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