Cops -- Suspect in Ortiz shooting was offered $7.8K

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2019

Police Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said the people behind the shooting of David Ortiz were paid $7,800.

Police in the Dominican Republic said Wednesday they have arrested five people in connection with the shooting of retired baseball great David Ortiz, including a man who says he pulled the trigger.

A witness told police he saw Féliz García and the gunman get into a vehicle that was parked near the scene of the shooting before gunfire erupted, the charging documents say.

Two of the suspects implicated in Sunday's shooting of Boston Red Sox legend David "Big Papi" Ortiz, including the man who says he pulled the trigger, were being sought for crimes in other states at the time, it has emerged.

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.

Ortiz was shot Sunday night in the DR, suffering gunshot wounds to his lower back/abdomen area and the bullet went through his stomach requiring immediate surgery.

But the next day, the Red Sox sent a plane to have him flown to Boston.

The driver of the motorcycle, Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, was apprehended and beaten by bystanders after the motorcycle faltered. They say the gun was discovered Tuesday, buried under a house in the city of Mao - more than 100 miles from the shooting scene in Santo Domingo.

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Details are still sketchy at this point, but what is known, is that this shooting does not appear to be a random act of violence. According to police, the victim's roommate woke up around 5 a.m. local time Saturday to a racket in the living room.

Meanwhile police are continuing to hunt a number of other suspects, including Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase, 31, who is reportedly wanted for an attempted murder in Pennsylvania.

The Globe notes witnesses said they saw a man on a motorcycle get off and walk up to where Ortiz was seated.

The document also revealed ineptitude, saying motorcycle driver Feliz Garcia was captured after he skidded and fell off his bike as the pair tried to flee. The Red Sox released a statement on Wednesday from Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, who said her husband is making "good progress toward recovery".

Enraged fans captured Garcia and beat him bloody before handing him over to police. "He's a fan of David's", the attorney, Deivi Solano, said on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old Ortiz frequently travelled to Santo Domingo, where his father and a sister live.

According to his friends, Ortiz traveled the risky streets of the Dominican capital with little or no security, trusting his fans to protect him.

"We guarantee to all Dominicans and to the world that justice will be done".

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