6 suspects, including gunman, arrested in Ortiz shooting


Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic

An alleged gunman and five accomplices have been detained in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox superstar David 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 Rodriguez 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 about $7,800 to orchestrate the shooting. He said the alleged coordinator was also among those in custody.

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

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