Five people, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, RadarOnline.com has learned. And, according to the Dominican Republic’s chief prosecutor, a sixth suspect was also being sought in the shooting.
According to Chief Prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez, the suspected gunman’s name is Ramon Martinez Perez. He goes by the alias Rolfie, and was apparently part of a group that authorities said were offered roughly $8,000 for a coordinated hit on the ex-major leaguer.
Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, who was arrested at the scene of the June 9 shooting at Dial Bar and Lounge in the eastern part of Santa Domingo, was also charged as an accomplice to attempted murder.
Prosecutors say two men on a 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 at a popular Santo Domingo bar on Sunday night.
"In one of the videos it was possible to observe both the accused and the shooter planning the commission of the incident right on Octavio Mejía Ricard Street, which is parallel to the place where the event took place," prosecutors said in the court document.
Ortiz, 43, was shot in the back and suffered severe internal damage.
The Dominican Republic native had his gallbladder and part of his intestine removed by surgeons hours after the shooting.
He was flown back to Boston on June 10 and is being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ortiz’s wife said in statement that the all-star was able to sit up and take some steps as he recuperates in the intensive care unit.
“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