Dominican authorities say suspects were offered money to shoot Ortiz

Five people are now under arrest – including the suspected gunman – in the Dominican Republic in connection with the Ortiz shooting.

Ortiz was shot once in the back Sunday night outside a bar in Santo Domingo.

In a court document obtained by the Associated Press, Dominican prosecutors said witnesses and security camera video show the ambush was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars.

Police say the group was offered $8,000 to carry out the shooting. The gunman is identified as 25-year-old Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz was captured Tuesday alongside three other suspects.

“Yesterday and this morning, David was able to sit up as well as take some steps. 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 Wednesday afternoon in a statement released by the Red Sox.

“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.”

Brittany Jennings


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