Footage indicates sophisticated attack on former Red Sox hero David Ortiz

Erika Holt
June 14, 2019

A cell phone recovered from the shooting scene led police to the alleged gunman, 25-year-old Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz.

Ortiz had emergency surgery in his native Dominican Republic after he was shot in the back at a Santo Domingo night club overnight Sunday.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have released new surveillance video from the targeted shooting of Red Sox legend David "Big Papi" Ortiz. The gunman has not been arrested, and police say they do not yet have a motive.

Authorities said they are continuing to search for four other suspects wanted in connection to the shooting, including Luis Rivas-Clase, 31, who prosecutors say is also known as "The Surgeon".

David Ortiz's daughter, Alexandria, shared a thoughtful Instagram post Thursday afternoon, writing her wounded father has "not once looked for pity, tears, or even indicated how he feels in his current state".

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 us court documents, according to authorities.

Tiffany thanked the medical team and staff at Abel Gonzalez Clinic in the Dominican Republic for its "amazing care".

"His condition is guarded, and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress toward recovery", she said.

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Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said all seven men were part of the murder plot that left Ortiz with a bullet wound to the back.

The Associated Press - citing a law enforcement official granted anonymity - reported "that officials were investigating whether Ortiz may have formed some relationship or acquaintance during a trip here that, without his knowledge, set off the chain of events leading to his shooting".

In addition to Ferreira-Cruz, authorities have also arrested Joel Rodriguez de la Cruz, Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela and Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia. Ortiz asked to go to the Centro de Medicina Avanzada Dr. Abel González, Salvador said.

Ortiz played 20 Major League Baseball seasons, spending his first six years with the Minnesota Twins before joining the Boston Red Sox.

Ortiz began his career by playing six seasons for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002), but his career took off after he joined the Red Sox.

Mirabal Acosta was captured Tuesday night in the town of Mao in the northern Dominican Republic. He was beaten bloody by enraged fans of Ortiz before they turned him over to the police.

The arrests came as Ortiz, 43, recovered in a Boston hospital following a second round of surgery on Tuesday, according to his family, which said he was sitting up and had taken a few steps.

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