Suspects in David Ortiz Shooting Were Paid $7,800; 6 in Custody

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The gunman who shot former Boston Red Sox great David Ortiz was hired to do so, according to Dominican Republic Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista.

Bautista showed that police have recovered the gun used to shoot Ortiz and revealed the identities of the suspects during Wednesday's press conference.

The document also said the two men were seen on security camera footage talking with other people in the Accent and another Hyundai in a nearby street before the shooting at 9:20pm on Sunday. Authorities gave the name of the alleged shooter as Rolfy Ferrery, aka Sandy.

Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia was one of the men believed to be an accomplice to the shooting and was immediately apprehended by civilians who beat him up and then handed him over to the police. The release said in Spanish that "other persons" who participated in the crime have been identified, and more details will be released in a "timely manner" once "the capture and interrogations" have been completed.

Ortiz, a.k.a. Big Papi, was shot on Sunday night while at a bar in Eastern part of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, where the 43-year-old was born and raised.

But the next day, the Red Sox sent a plane to have him flown to Boston.

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

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The statement given to reporters lists the total number of subjects in custody as six and a suspect remains at large.

The document also said that a witness told investigators that Feliz Garcia met with a group of people at a park in the Las Caobas neighbourhood, where Feliz Garcia lived, around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

According to court documents obtained by the AP, Feliz Garcia botched the getaway by losing control of his motorcycle.

"David continues to recuperate today in the Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital under the direction of treating trauma surgeon Dr. David King. He's a fan of David's", the attorney, Deivi Solano, said Tuesday.

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

"We guarantee to all Dominicans and to the world that justice will be done".

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