SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Police Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte says the coordinator of the shooting of David Ortiz was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $7,800, to carry out the crime.
The director of the Dominican Republic's National Police has declined to provide a motive for the shooting of former Red Sox star. But Bautista said in a press conference Wednesday that the alleged coordinator is one of the suspects detained.
Witnesses say the crime was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars. 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.
The Dominican Republic's chief prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez Sánchez says five people, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting. Authorities say a sixth suspect is being pursued.
Meanwhile, in Boston, Ortiz's wife said in statement that the former Red Sox star was able to sit up and take some steps as he recuperates in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital under the direction of trauma surgeon Dr. David King.
"Yesterday and this morning, David was able to sit up as well as take some steps. His condition is guarded and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress towards recovery," Tiffany Ortiz said.
"My family and I again want to thank everyone for their endless love and well wishes, and still ask for privacy while David continues to heal."