Published: Thu, June 20, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Ortiz shooting: Authorities close on motive, mastermind

Ortiz shooting: Authorities close on motive, mastermind

Today's the day we learn everything about the attempted murder of retired Red Sox legend David Ortiz earlier this month in his native Santo Domingo - at least that's what Dominican prosecutors have promised.

The bullet went through Ortiz's abdomen before entering the leg of his friend, TV host Jhoel Lopez.

On Wednesday his wife, Tiffany Ortiz, revealed doctors had upgraded Ortiz's condition to "good" and thanked the public for their support during what she described as a "challenging time". Cell phone footage then captured Garcia being beaten on the street before the police arrived to take him into custody, while the second suspect was able to escape and is reportedly still at large.

Authorities said they believe Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota paid the hitmen, and Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaino, nicknamed "Bone", is accused of being the liaison between the Mota and the hitmen, according to court documents from his closed hearing obtained by The AP.

"We remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal, both in the Dominican Republic and here in Boston", Tiffany said. Jose Eduardo Ciprian and Carlos Alvarez coordinated the shooting and the payment to the hit man from prison. Perez Vizcaino met with a "criminal group" at a gas station, showed them the photo of Ortiz, the man they were supposed to kill, court documents said.

Rodriguez added that Victor Hugo Gomez, a member of the "Gulf Cartel, was behind the attack".

Numerous accused were recruited out of poor neighborhoods in the Dominican. "Was confused", Ferreira Cruz shouted to journalists in Spanish through the bars of a police holding cell, according to local outlet El Caribe. He said he meant to shoot someone else.

Ortiz was a clutch designated hitter for the Red Sox as they broke the World Series curse in 2004 and won two more championships in 2007 and 2013 before retiring in 2016.

While Dominican investigators suspect Rodriguez doled out the money to the suspects who stalked the 43-year-old Ortiz to the Dial Bar and Lounge, where he was shot, they have not publicly pegged him as the ringleader.

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