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.
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.