Dominican Republic police arrest gunman in David Ortiz shooting


Police Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said the alleged coordinator of the attack was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $7,800, to carry out the shooting.

The suspected gunman who shot Ortiz was identified by police as 25-year-old Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz.

Ortiz was rushed to a hospital in Santo Domingo and underwent an operation in which doctors removed parts of his liver and small and large intestines, officials said.

Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, in custody in connection with the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is transferred by police to court in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on June 11, 2019.

The former Boston slugger since has been transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tiffany Ortiz released a statement for the third consecutive day Thursday, this time expressing gratitude for those who sprung into action following the awful incident in the D.R.

Prosecutors have said the two men on the motorcycle were seen on security camera footage talking with other people in a gray Hyundai Accent and in another Hyundai on a nearby street before the shooting.

Nunez, who is friends with Ortiz and has the same agent, told Rivera that he got to talk with Ortiz over the phone Tuesday as his fellow Dominican continued to recuperate at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Per The Globe, the documents say the alleged shooter escaped the scene on foot but was seen on video surveillance getting into the same Hyundai.

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However, the police chief didn't address a potential motive.

In that April 2018 incident, police say a man was shot in the lower back, but survived his injuries.

They attorney general's office in Santo Domingo has not said what motivated the shooting, or who orchestrated what it described as a "sophisticated" attack.

The Dominican Republic is one of the world's most unsafe countries. "Garcia was charged Tuesday with being an accomplice to the murder", reports Fox.

Police said six other men allegedly involved in the attack stalked Ortiz in a coordinated effort to kill him and collect a almost $8,000 bounty placed on the retired Major League Baseball player's head.

The 43-year-old arrived in Boston on Monday night for the surgery and is in stable condition, his wife, Tiffany, said in a statement.

Ortiz, widely known as "Big Papi", is a sports legend in Boston for his role in three World Series baseball championships as well as his profane but inspiring remarks in the days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.