Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

6 suspects arrested in David Ortiz shooting

6 suspects arrested in David Ortiz shooting

"These individuals, each one of them, all of them, have been jailed and will go before a court", Bautista Almonte said.

Five suspects, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, the Dominican Republic's chief prosecutor said on Wednesday (Thursday NZT).

While the alleged shooter and four other suspects have been detained, and the handgun used in the attack recovered, the critical question of a motive remained unanswered.

The Dominican Republic's chief prosecutor Jean Alain Rodriguez spoke at a news conference on Wednesday. "Certainly that will continue".

Shortly after the shooting, Ortiz was rushed to a local hospital and was in the intensive care unit after being treated for bleeding in his liver and having portions of his intestines and gall bladder removed, said Leo Lopez, his spokesman.

Ortiz was shot in the back at close range on Sunday while sitting at an outdoor bar in Santo Domingo, the Caribbean nation's capital city.

The longtime Red Sox slugger has taken some steps at the hospital and has been able to sit up.

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.

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The suspected gunman who shot Ortiz was identified by police as 25-year-old Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz. There is no public indication the man is the suspected shooter.

He is a beloved figure, affectionately known by his fans as "Big Papi", in the United States and the Dominican Republic, his home country.

Former Red Sox star David Ortiz is recovering from exploratory surgery in Boston as investigators in his native Dominican Republic try to figure out who shot him and why.

Mirabal Acosta was captured on Tuesday night in the town of Mao in the northern Dominican Republic.

Also under arrest were Joel Rodríguez de la Cruz, aka Squiddy; Reynaldo Rodríguez Valenzuela, aka The Chinaman; and the suspected driver of the motorcycle, Eddy Vladimir Feliz García, aka The Package. He was arrested Sunday night and was charged Tuesday as an accomplice to attempted murder. Garcia confessed to having a role in the shooting, though his attorneys and his mother say he was an unwitting participant, according to ABC News.

The other suspects, authorities said, were parked nearby in a pair of Hyundai automobiles at the time of the attack.

Pennsylvania authorities released a mug shot of Rivas-Clase that strongly resembles the suspect in an image provided by Dominican authorities, who provided the same name but without the hyphen listed in us court documents.

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