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David Ortiz Shooting Suspect Was Paid $8000 To Carry Out Hit, According to Police

By Prince Hakeem

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have apprehended the suspect believed to have shot baseball great David Ortiz. The suspect is 25-year-old Rolfi Ferreira Cruz. He was one of two individuals who got attempted to kill Ortiz outside of a nightclub. Dominican police state that the shooter was paid the US equivalent of around $8000 to carry this hit.

via TMZ:

As we previously reported, Ortiz was shot in the back on Sunday night as he was sitting in an outside patio area of a popular Dominican Republic nightclub.

D.R. cops say two young men drove up to the scene on a motorcycle … when one of them got off to fire a single bullet into the Red Sox legend’s lower back.

Cops say the guys tried to flee the scene on the bike afterward … but when it fell to the pavement — they tried to make a run for it on foot.

One of the guys — the alleged shooter — was able to escape … but the other suspect, Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, was beaten to a pulp on the scene by bystanders before he was handed over to cops.

Now, D.R. officials are saying they’ve caught the suspected shooter and arrested him … and have also detained 3 additional people they say contributed to ambush.

Officials say 6 total individuals were paid 400,000 pesos (the equivalent of $8K) to kill Ortiz in what they believe was a highly-orchestrated attack.

They say the ambush involved 2 vehicles and 1 motorcycle … and announced 5 of the suspects are now in custody, but one remains at large.

A motive has yet to be determined.

During the press conference, officials also presented the gun they believe was used to shoot Ortiz.

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