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Arrest warrant issued for Uribe in Dominican shooting

10/18/2006 - MLB Juan Uribe Chicago White Sox + more

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Dominican authorities
were seeking Juan Uribe after issuing an arrest warrant Monday for
the Chicago White Sox shortstop in connection with the shooting of
two men.

Uribe and a bodyguard are suspected of shooting and wounding a
Dominican farmer and a captain in the Italian Navy with a pistol
and a shotgun when the pair walked too close to Uribe's jeep around
midnight Friday, authorities said.

The navy captain, Dondolin Alessandro, was treated for wounds to
his stomach and hands. The farmer, Antonio Gonzalez Perez, had an
elbow injury.

The Dominican athlete's brother, Elpidio, and an unnamed
bodyguard of Uribe's were arrested Sunday, San Cristobal province
District Attorney Robert Lugo said.

Uribe's agent, Martin Arburua, told the Chicago Sun-Times on
Sunday that he had spoken to his client, who denied involvement in
the shooting. Uribe told Arburua he had spoken to police, but Lugo
said the shortstop had not contacted authorities, who were trying
to locate him.

"There is an order for Uribe's arrest and the prosecutor's
office is investigating the case," Lugo told The Associated Press.

The shooting took place in Juan Baron, a coastal city about 65
kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Santo Domingo, according to a
police report.

Two weeks ago, White Sox general manager Ken Williams endorsed
the 27-year-old Uribe as his shortstop for the 2007 season despite
his disappointing 2006 season. He was expected to report Tuesday to
his Dominican winter league team in the capital, the Escogido
Lions.

Uribe is scheduled to earn $4.15 million next season in the
major leagues, with the White Sox holding a $5 million option or
$300,000 buyout for 2008.