Suspect Rolfi Ferreira Cruz, 25, has confessed to capturing Ortiz, police stated in an announcement.
Authorities imagine Ferreira Cruz and 6 different males had been concerned within the capturing of the MLB all-star. Dominican Nationwide Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte stated just one man remained at giant on Wednesday.
It is unclear what costs the suspects are anticipated to face, however investigators are treating the case as an tried homicide.
Authorities declined to debate a doable motive for the capturing, however Bautista Almonte stated the suspects had been provided $400,000 Dominican pesos (about $7,830) to hold out the hit.
Investigators recovered the gunman’s firearm, which was buried within the house of one of many suspects within the province of Mao, police stated.
The primary suspect, Eddy Vladimir Féliz Garcia, was arrested instantly after the assault and appeared in courtroom late Tuesday, charged with being an confederate to tried homicide in Sunday’s nightclub capturing in Santo Domingo.
Féliz García is accused of driving the shooter to the scene on the again of a bike. Following the capturing, the charging paperwork say, the shooter fled the scene together with his gun in hand.
Almonte stated investigators situated the opposite 5 suspects — who had been in custody Wednesday– after they spoke with Féliz García at a neighborhood hospital.
Police had been investigating two automobiles that had been parked close to the scene of the capturing, and a witness informed police he noticed Féliz García and the gunman get into one of many automobiles earlier than the capturing, the paperwork say.
Prosecutors requested that Féliz García be held for a yr of pretrial detention, however protection legal professional Bunel Ramírez Merán informed CNN that he argued towards the transfer and requested the choose postpone the choice so the protection might collect proof.
Merán plans to display to the courtroom that his shopper poses no flight threat because of his “household, social and work ties,” he stated.
The choose stated he would rule on the request Wednesday.
Ortiz, 43, and a pal had been shot at Dial Bar and Lounge within the Dominican capital. The bullet went by way of Ortiz’s abdomen, stated Felix Durán Mejia, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic Nationwide Police.
Féliz García of Santo Domingo West and a second man tried to drive away after the capturing, however the motorbike fell to the pavement, police stated.
A crowd attacked Féliz García and handed him over to police, who transported him to a hospital for therapy. At his Tuesday listening to, he had swelling and deep cuts on his face.
Deivi Solano, one other of Féliz Garcia’s attorneys, stated his shopper is a bike taxi driver and should have unwittingly pushed the shooter, however he didn’t shoot Ortiz.
Justina Garcia, the suspect’s mom, stated her son is harmless and that the 2 of them are followers of Ortiz. Her son would by no means do something to harm the baseball legend, she informed CNN.
“My son had nothing to do with this,” she stated, including that she fears for his security and desires police to supply added safety.
“Yesterday and this morning, David was in a position to sit up in addition to take some steps,” Tiffany Ortiz stated Wednesday. “His situation is guarded and he’ll stay within the ICU for the approaching days, however he’s making good progress in the direction of restoration.”
Dubbed Huge Papi, Ortiz was reared in Santo Domingo and made his Main League Baseball debut in 1997. A primary baseman and designated hitter, Ortiz performed 20 seasons earlier than retiring in 2016.
He’s greatest identified for his 14 seasons because the Crimson Sox’s designated hitter, throughout which he helped the workforce snap its decades-long title drought in 2004. He received three championships with the Sox and was named MVP of the 2013 World Collection.
CNN’s Patrick Oppmann reported from Santo Domingo, Nicole Chavez and Tatiana Arias reported and wrote in Atlanta. CNN’s Eliott C. McLaughlin, Darran Simon, Jill Martin and Jonny Hallam contributed to this report.