Police allege Orioles' Simon shot 2 men, killing 1, in Dominican

Police in the Domincan Republic say Baltimore Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon(notes) celebrated the new year by shooting a man to death.

Well, that's one way to do it.

Via the AP:

The pitcher shot and killed 25-year-old Michel Castillo and wounded his 17-year-old brother during a New Year's Eve celebration in the northeast coastal town of Luperon, police said in a statement. No motive was disclosed. Simon is from the Dominican Republic, and police said he fled after the violence.

Felipe Alou Jr., a Dominican representative for the Orioles, said he spoke with Simon on Saturday and the player insisted he was not involved in the New Year's Eve shootings.

"He says to us that the wounded man can confirm that he was not the one who fired," Alou told The Associated Press.

Regardless, other stories from the region say Simon is negotiating to turn himself in.

Update: Simon's agents say he will meet with police Sunday night.

A story in Listindiario (translated through Google) chillingly makes Simon seem both cold-blooded and careless:

Castillo brothers' relatives said that they were found at four in the morning in the [Luperón] park celebrating the arrival [of] 2011, when the player without words fired several shots at a group that was in the town square, killing Michel Castillo and seriously injuring Starlin Castillo.

Relatives of the deceased and the injured said the player is a repeat offender to [shooting his gun] in the air, because last year the National Police seized from the same gun used to kill his relative.

Further, El Dia reports:

The player also wounded ... Starlin Castillo ... when he allegedly shot into the air to celebrate New Year's Eve, police said.

The translation is unclear to me: Was Castillo shooting into the air? Was Simon shooting in the air?

You also might remember that Simon used an alias — Carlos E. Cabrera — and was found to have been older than he was listed.

The 2010 season started so well for Simon, too. He made a quick rebound from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery and became the Orioles closer.

His success didn't last, though, and manager Buck Showalter replaced him with Koji Uehara(notes). Simon's ERA in the second half was 6.66.

The Orioles front office has had a busy offseason when it comes to their players and guns.

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