Over the weekend, former baseball star was shot in the back in an assassination attempt in the Dominican Republic.
The director of the Dominican Republic’s National Police Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte briefed the media today on the latest updates on the David Ortiz shooting that went down this weekend at a bar in Santo Domingo.
According to Almonte, the men involved in the shooting were paid about $8k to kill Ortiz.
According to the chief prosecutor in the case they have six men in custody and believe another man was involved in a coordinated effort to kill the former Red Sox player.
The chief prosecutor in the Dominican Republic says five people, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz. And total of six suspects have been detained.
Authorities say a seventh suspect is being pursued in the shooting, which witnesses say was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars.
The Dominican Republic’s chief prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez Sánchez spoke at a news conference on Wednesday. Authorities gave the name of the alleged shooter as Rolfy Ferreyra, aka Sandy.
According to ESPN Ortiz took a “few steps” on Tuesday after successful surgery.
Ortiz will still spend several days recovery in intensive care according to his wife.
Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, announced earlier Wednesday that Ortiz will remain in the intensive care unit at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital “for the coming days.”
Ortiz underwent emergency surgery Sunday night in the Dominican Republic to repair damage to his intestines and his liver. He was stabilized and then flown to Boston and taken to Mass General, where a second surgery was performed late Monday night.
As of now the police have given no motive on the shooting despite online reports about a drug lord being involved.