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Chicago's Uribe wanted in connection with shooting


Dominican authorities on Monday issued an arrest warrant for Chicago White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe in connection with the shooting of two men on this Caribbean nation's southern coast, officials said.

Uribe, 27, is suspected of involvement in the shooting of two men on Friday in Juan Baron, a coastal city about 65km southwest of Santo Domingo, according to a police report.

"There is an order for Uribe's arrest and the prosecutor's office is investigating the case," San Cristobal Province's District Attorney Robert Lugo said.

The brother of the six-year US Major League Baseball veteran, Elpidio, and an unidentified bodyguard of Uribe were arrested in connection with the shooting on Sunday, Lugo said.

Uribe and the bodyguard are suspected of shooting two men, a Dominican farmer and a captain in the Italian Navy, with a pistol and a shotgun when the pair apparently walked too close to Uribe's jeep around midnight on Friday, authorities said. The navy captain, Dondolin Alessandro, suffered wounds to his stomach and hands. The farmer, Antonio Gonzalez Perez, sustained an elbow injury.

Uribe's agent, Martin Arburua, told the Chicago Sun-Times that he had spoken to Uribe, and that the shortstop said he was not involved in the shooting. Uribe told Arburua he had spoken to police.

But Lugo said Uribe had not spoken with police and that authorities were trying to locate the Dominican national.

Uribe was expected to report yesterday to his Dominican winter league team in the capital, the Escogido Lions, said Felix Decena, assistant to the team president.

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