Shooting suspect says hit wasn't meant for Big Papi

Clay Curtis
June 15, 2019

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Police in the Dominican Republic are still investigating the case, and have yet to comment on a possible motive for the shooting but have ruled out robbery. Bottom row from left, Polfirio Allende Dechamps Vazquez, aka The Kid; Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase (who remained at-large Wednesday), aka The Surgeon; and Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela, aka The Chinaman.

As the search for Luis Alfredo Rivas-Clase, 31, intensified, USA authorities said he's also wanted for an attempted homicide in Pennsylvania that had striking similarities to the Sunday night shooting that left Ortiz with a bullet wound to the back.

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

In addition to coming awfully close to being one of the greatest tragedies in sports history, Boston Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez says the incident was an embarrassment for Dominican ballplayers. The victim, who was shot in the lower back, told authorities that Rivas-Clase threatened to have him killed a few days before the shooting, according to the Berks County sheriff's office.

Ferreyra Cruz, according to Dominican police, allegedly confessed to shooting Ortiz.

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Authorities also say Ferreira Cruz, 25, is wanted by New Jersey authorities for two armed robberies in 2017.

Police said they're still looking for another suspect who is also wanted in the US for attempted homicide.

Surveillance video that captured Ortiz's shooting showed a gunman police identified as Ferreyra Cruz walking up behind Ortiz, who was sitting at the bar, and opening fire before running away. Ortiz is now in a Boston hospital recovering from surgery in both the Dominican Republic and Boston.

Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, accused of driving Cruz to the Santo Domingo nightclub where Ortiz was shot, was beaten outside the club and held for police.

Tiffany Ortiz also thanked the doctors at Abel Gonzalez Clinic where her husband was before he was taken back to Boston and placed in Massachusetts General Hospital's intensive care unit. "He continues to heal and make progress".

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