Published: Thu, June 13, 2019

Second suspect in the shooting of David Ortiz has been arrested

Second suspect in the shooting of David Ortiz has been arrested

Witnesses say the crime was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars.

Ortiz has been at Massachusetts General Hospital and underwent a second successful surgery Monday that reportedly lasted until about 1 a.m. ET.

"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.

"David continues to recuperate today in the Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital under the direction of treating trauma surgeon Dr. David King".

Local authorities also announced that the alleged gunman - 25-year-old Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz - is now in custody as well. He has undergone two surgeries - one in the Dominican Republic in the immediate aftermath of the attack, the other at Mass General on Monday night - to remove his gallbladder and part of his intestines and fix his liver.


Court documents also said the two men were seen on security camera footage talking with other people in Ortiz's auto and another Hyundai in a nearby street before the shooting. Surveillance video also shows a man walking up behind Ortiz at the bar and shooting him point-blank.

Two others were wounded in the attack, including television host Jhoel Lopez, who was seated with Ortiz and who was struck in the leg by the same bullet that hit Ortiz.

The early reports of David Ortiz being shot in the Dominican Republic stated he was a victim of a possible robbery.

The driver of the motorcycle, Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, was apprehended and beaten by bystanders after the motorcycle faltered. Prosecutors have said the two men on the motorcycle were seen on security camera footage talking with other people in the Accent and in a Hyundai in a nearby street before the shooting at a popular Santo Domingo bar Sunday night. Eddy Feliz Garcia was arrested in the immediate aftermath of the shooting after he allegedly tried to flee a Santo Domingo nightclub before he was stopped by onlookers.

The hitmen were apparently offered $400,000 in Dominican pesos to carry out the hit, the equal to $7,832 United States dollars, according to Almonte.

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