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Thursday, June 13, 2019 1:00 am

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6 arrests made in Ortiz shooting

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Six suspects, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz, the Dominican Republic's chief prosecutor said Wednesday.

A seventh suspect was also being pursued in the shooting, which witnesses said was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars, the Dominican Republic's chief prosecutor, Jean Alain Rodríguez, told a news conference.

Authorities gave the name of the alleged shooter as Rolfy Ferreyra, aka Sandy.

Authorities have declined to give a motive for the shooting Sunday night.

Police Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said the coordinator of the attack was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $7,800, to carry out the shooting. He said the alleged coordinator was among the suspects in custody.

Prosecutors said the men on the motorcycle were seen on security camera footage talking with other people in a gray Hyundai Accent and in another Hyundai in a nearby street before the shooting.

In Boston, Ortiz's wife said in statement that the former Red Sox slugger was able to sit up and take some steps as he recuperates in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“His condition is guarded, and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress toward recovery,” Tiffany Ortiz said in the statement.

– Associated Press


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