Two Believed To Have Orchestrated David Ortiz Shooting Scheme From Prison

Erika Holt
June 15, 2019

Minutes later, you can see the gunman walk up to Ortiz and open fire.

Officials have identified the shooter as Rolfi Ferreira Cruz, 25, and say he confessed to shooting Ortiz.

Police said the handgun used in the attempted hit on Ortiz was found buried near a house in Mao, about 100 miles southwest of Santo Domingo, where one of the suspects was arrested. The suspects were allegedly paid almost $8,000 to carry out the attacks.

According to the Boston Globe, a Dominican newspaper said another of the suspects, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta (pictured above in the top row, second from right), had previously been accused of participating in the killing of at least four people in 2013.

The person who ordered the hit is still under investigation, according to National Police.

The Boston Globe reports that Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, director of the DR's national police, announced Wednesday that investigators have determined the men were offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, which works out to around $7,800 USA dollars, to kill Ortiz.

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Ortiz was rushed to an emergency room in the Dominican Republic after the shooting, and was then flown to a hospital in Boston, where he's still recovering.

The article contains material from the Associated Press. He said the alleged coordinator was also among those in custody.

His wife, Tiffany, offered the most recent update about the condition of "Big Papi" on Thursday, saying he was in "guarded" condition in the surgical intensive care unit. Ortiz also sustained liver damage.

On Wednesday, police in the Dominican Republic named Rivas-Clase as one of seven suspects involved in the brazen shooting of the 43-year-old former Red Sox slugger, who was shot from behind at close range as he sat at the outdoor patio bar of the Dial Bar and Lounge, a nightclub in Santo Domingo, the nation's capital.

Ortiz was shot in the torso and needed his gallbladder and part of his intestine removed. In an Instagram post, his daughter wrote, "I find myself complaining on a daily basis ... but my dad hasn't complained once".

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