Authorities Say Suspected Gunmen Were Paid To Shoot David Ortiz In Coordinated Attack
There is new information on the shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz. According to ESPN, six suspects, including the alleged gunman, have been arrested in connection with the shooting of Ortiz. Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, 25, is the alleged shooter and was part of a group that authorities said was offered $400,000 Dominican pesos (about $7,830) to carry out the attack. It’s still unclear the motive behind the attack and what charges the suspects are expected to face, but investigators are treating the case as attempted murder.
Police have arrested suspects in the David Ortiz shooting less than 48 hours after the incident at a night club in San Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, who was arrested at the scene of the shooting Sunday night was charged Tuesday as an accomplice to attempted murder. Féliz García and a second man tried to drive away after the shooting but his motorcycle fell to the pavement. A crowd attacked him and he was arrested by police, who transported him to a hospital for treatment.
Four other men, Joel Rodriguez Cruz, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela, and Porfirio Allende Deschamps Vazquez, were also arrested. At this time, a seventh suspect still remains at large.
“At this moment, they are being interrogated and we will continue deepening the investigation to get to the truth about what happened,” Jean Alain Rodriguez, chief prosecutor, told ESPN. “Nobody involved in this lamentable episode will remain in impunity, not even the material or intellectual author” of the crime, he said.
Police say two young men drove up to the scene on a motorcycle when one of them got off to fire a single bullet into Ortiz’s lower back.
Police are investigating two cars that were parked nearby the scene of Sunday’s shooting. Multiple witnesses have told police they saw Féliz García and a gunman get into one of the cars before the shooting.
At a press conference Tuesday, Dominican Republic police director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte held up the handgun used to shoot Ortiz. According to ESPN, Investigators found the gunman’s firearm, which was recovered in the home of one of the suspects in the province of Mao, police said.
“We are not even at 72 hours (since the shooting) and you see the advances we have made and certainly that will continue,” Bautista said at the press conference.
Ortiz was shot in the back and suffered severe internal damage that required multiple surgeries.
Ortiz is currently recovering from the shooting after multiple surgeries that included the removal of his gallbladder and part of his intestine. He was flown back to Boston on Monday and was being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“His condition is guarded and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress towards recovery,” Tiffany Ortiz said in the statement. “My family and I again want to thank everyone for their endless love and well wishes, and still ask for privacy while David continues to heal.”