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

David Ortiz: Former Boston Red Sox star recovering from surgery after shooting

David Ortiz: Former Boston Red Sox star recovering from surgery after shooting

Chief of police Ney A. Bautista said Ortiz's attempted killers took a payment of 400,000 Dominican pesos, or around $7,800.

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.

The Dominican newspaper Diario Libre reported on Wednesday that Mirabal Acosta has been connected with a gang of drug dealers and assassins in Santo Domingo Este.

David Ortiz had a second surgery after arriving in Boston.

The Dominican Republic's chief prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez Sánchez spoke at a news conference on Wednesday.

Five suspects, including the alleged gunman, have now been detained in connection to the shooting.

Dominican Republic police released new details Wednesday about Sunday's attack on David Ortiz.

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"On behalf of me and my family, I want to thank John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and the Boston Red Sox for all that they are doing for David and our family, as well as Dr. Larry Ronan and the unbelievable staff at Massachusetts General Hospital".

"Yesterday and this morning, David was able to sit up as well as take some steps", she said. He was flown to Boston late Monday night and has been "making good progress" in his recovery, according to his wife Tiffany Ortiz.

Tiffany Ortiz asked for privacy "while David continues to heal".

As the former Red Sox slugger lies in intensive care in Boston, recovering from the bullet fired into his back at the Dial on Sunday night, police are investigating what aspect of the national hero's life made him the target of what appeared to be an assassination attempt.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Dominican prosecutors said in a court document that one of the suspects, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, was seen driving the Accent before mounting a motorcycle driven by 25-year-old Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia.

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