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Old 06-10-2019, 08:50 AM
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Video captures David Ortiz shooting in Dominican Republic bar
By Lee Brown
June 10, 2019 | 10:20am | Updated June 10, 2019 | 10:39am



Chilling video shows the moment David Ortiz is shot at a Dominican Republic bar, leaving the baseball star slumped on the ground as other patrons flee in terror.

The former Boston Red Sox slugger can be seen at an outside table with another man on Sunday when a gunman runs up behind him — a puff of gunsmoke marking the moment he shoots him in the back.

The 43-year-old slugger turns in shock as he stumbles out of his seat, falling to the ground as everyone else at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo runs for cover.

The suspect — identified by local news station CDN 37 as Eddy Feliz Garcia, 23 — was caught and beaten by the crowd at the bar, according to Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte.

Ortiz was rushed into surgery at the Abel Gonzolez Clinic, where he reportedly pleaded, “Please don’t let me die, I am a good man.”

He was in stable condition and doing “fine” Monday.
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David Ortiz Shooting Was A $7,800 Hit, Dominican Police Say
June 12, 2019 at 8:15 pm

BOSTON (CBS) – A complicated investigation reveals a coordinated attack was carried out in an attempt to kill David Ortiz.

On Wednesday, Dominican authorities announced four more arrests in connection to the Sunday night shooting.

“In the last few hours we’ve arrested four additional people linked directly to the attack on David Ortiz, including the shooter,” said the island nation’s Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez.

Police say the group charged $7,800 to carry out the hit. The gunman, now identified at 25-year-old Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz was captured Tuesday alongside three other suspects during a raid 100 miles NW of Santo Domingo.

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“We also found the weapon in that raid, suspects buried [it] outside a nearby home,” said Dominican Police Commissioner Ney Aldrin Bautista who also said a bullet matching the gun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.

Investigators have also released surveillance video showing how Sunday night’s ambush was planned
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Suspect In David Ortiz Shooting Also Wanted For Attempted Homicide In Reading, Pennsylvania, Officials Say
By CBS3 Staff
June 12, 2019 at 10:51 pm

READING, Pa. (CBS/AP) — A suspect wanted in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is also wanted in connection to an attempted murder in Reading. Police say Luis "Knothead" Rivas-Clase, also known as “The Surgeon,” was involved in the shooting of a man on the 900 block of North Front Street in Reading in April 2018.

The victim told police at the time that Rivas-Clase threatened to have him killed days before the shooting.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic say Rivas-Clase is still wanted in Ortiz’s shooting.


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An alleged gunman and five accomplices have been detained in the shooting of Ortiz, Dominican officials said Wednesday, while providing no information about why a group of young men would try to kill their country’s most beloved sports hero.

Four other suspects were also being pursued in the shooting, which witnesses said was carried out by two men on a motorcycle, assisted by two other groups of people in cars.

“At this moment, they are being interrogated and we will continue deepening the investigation to get to the truth about what happened,” Chief Prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez said.

“Nobody involved in this unfortunate episode will escape justice, neither those who carried it out nor the mastermind,” he said.

The national police director, Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, said the coordinator of the attack was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $7,800, to orchestrate the shooting. He said the alleged coordinator was also among those in custody.

Rodríguez and Bautista declined to give a motive for the shooting at a popular Santo Domingo bar Sunday night or say who had hired the attackers.

They promised, however, that all those who targeted Ortiz in the baseball-crazy Caribbean country would be brought to justice.

“We recognize the symbolism that David Ortiz represents, and we promise that this case will be cleared up completely,” Bautista said.

Ortiz is one of the most beloved figures in sports history in the Dominican Republic and Boston, a fearsome power hitter with a ready smile. The slugger known as Big Papi led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs.

The Red Sox retired his number, 34, in 2017 — a year after he retired — and Boston renamed a bridge and a stretch of road outside Fenway Park in his honor. He maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.

Ortiz galvanized the city in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that left three people dead, bellowing through a megaphone at Fenway Park: “This is our (expletive) city!”

While Ortiz lived in Boston, he visited the Dominican Republic at least six times a year, where he crossed paths with a wide variety of figures from the country’s legitimate and illegal business worlds, according to friends.

Ortiz studiously avoided mixing with shady characters, but a law-enforcement official said on condition of anonymity that officials were investigating whether Ortiz may have formed some relationship or acquaintance during a trip here that, without his knowledge, set off the chain of events leading to his shooting.

Among the suspects in custody was the alleged shooter, identified by authorities as Rolfy Ferreyra, aka Sandy, a skinny, tattooed 25-year-old who officials said had confessed to the shooting.

In a statement, officials said the weapon used, a Browning Hi Power semi-automatic pistol, had been handed to suspect Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, then to suspect Porfirio Allende Dechamps Vasquez, AKA The Kid, who buried it in the garden of his home.

Both men have been arrested and the gun has been recovered.

Also under arrest were Joel Rodríguez de la Cruz, aka Squiddy; Reynaldo Rodríguez Valenzuela, aka The Chinaman; and the suspected driver of the motorcycle, Eddy Vladimir Feliz García, aka The Package.

Many were caught in the same clothes they were seen wearing on surveillance video, Bautista said.

The four suspects still at large were identified as Rivas-Clase, as well as a woman known as The Venezuelan, or Red, and two other men, prosecutors said in a statement.

Meanwhile, 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.

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

One of the suspects, Mirabal Acosta, was seen driving the Accent before mounting a motorcycle driven by the 25-year-old Feliz García, the prosecutors said in a court document.

“In one of the videos it was possible to observe both the accused and the shooter planning the commission of the incident,” the prosecutors said.

The document also revealed ineptitude, saying the motorcycle driver was captured after he skidded and fell off his bike as the pair tried to flee. Enraged fans captured García and beat him bloody before handing him over to police.

Mirabal Acosta was captured Tuesday night in the town of Mao in the northern Dominican Republic.

García’s lawyer said his client, who has been charged with being an accomplice to attempted murder, is an innocent motorcycle taxi driver who had no idea his passenger was going to commit a crime.

“He didn’t know what they were going to do. He’s a fan of David’s,” the attorney, Deivi Solano, said Tuesday.

Ortiz’s father and a sister live in Santo Domingo and the 43-year-old former Red Sox great was active on the social scene here, hitting nightspots with friends who included TV personalities and Dominican reggaeton musicians.

Beloved in his hometown, Ortiz traveled the dangerous streets of the Dominican capital with little or no security, trusting his fans to protect him, according to friends.

The Dominican Republic is one of the world’s most dangerous countries. The murder rate stands at 12.5 killings per 100,000 people, placing the Dominican Republic in the top 10% to 15% of the most violent countries, according to the U.S. State Department.
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