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6 suspects arrested in David Ortiz shooting

6 suspects arrested in David Ortiz shooting

The alleged shooter of David Ortiz has been arrested along with four others in a group offered almost $8,000 to kill the former Boston Red Sox star at a Dominican Republic bar, authorities said on Wednesday.

According to CNN, 25-year-old Rolfi Ferreira Cruz, one of the men arrested, allegedly confessed to pulling the trigger.

Surgeons in the Dominican Republic operated for six hours to fix his wounds before Ortiz, who ended his 20-year Major League Baseball career in 2016, was flown to Boston once he was in a stable condition on Monday before having further surgery.

Authorities are questioning José Eduardo Ciprian Lebrón about Sunday's attack on Ortiz - in which a gunman ambushed the former Red Sox slugger in a bar and shot him in the back - and are investigating him as one of the planners, sources tell the Boston Globe. "He continues to heal and make progress", Ortiz's wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said in a statement released by the Red Sox on Thursday morning. Police have not announced a potential motive.

In a phone interview Monday, Salvador had recalled the frantic moments after Ortiz was shot as he sat with friends at an outdoor table at a popular night spot.

A mug shot released by Pennsylvania officials resembles a suspect sought in the shooting of Ortiz in the Dominican Republic, who had the same name but without the hyphen listed in USA court documents, according to authorities.

"Just thinking about the fact that this happened to him in the Dominican Republic, it is unimaginable", Nunez said. There is no public indication the man is the suspected shooter.

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He said that the attackers were offered 400,000 Dominican pesos (around $ 7,800) to carry out the attack.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Two others were wounded in the attack, including television host Jhoel Lopez, who was seated with Ortiz and who was struck in the leg by the same bullet that hit Ortiz.

The other suspects were identified as Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela, Joel Rodriguez Cruz, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta and Polfirio Alende Deschamps Vasquez. He was arrested Sunday night and was charged Tuesday as an accomplice to attempted murder. Enraged onlookers captured Feliz Garcia and beat him bloody before handing him over to police. Ortiz is one of the most beloved figures in sports history in the Dominican Republic and Boston, a fearsome power hitter with a ready smile.

Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement issued by the team on Wednesday that her husband was in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital under the direction of trauma surgeon Dr. David King.

Mirabal Acosta was arrested Tuesday in the town of Mao, in the northern Dominican Republic.


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