Police in the Dominican Republic have confirmed that hitmen were hired to shoot David Ortiz in Santo Domingo over the weekend.
Ortiz, 43, was shot in a bar/restaurant in his native country on Sunday evening. He was shot in the back and suffered organ damage, but has since been transported to Boston, where he’s getting further treatment. It’s a serious situation, though he’s expected to make a full recovery.
Details surrounding the shooting are sparse at this point, though the police have released some information today.
Dominican Republic police director Ney Aldrin Bautista said at a press conference this afternoon that a group of criminals had charged roughly $8K to shoot Ortiz.
The specific motive for the shooting is still unclear.
“(Authorities) are making a great effort to apprehend these criminals and bring these criminals to justice,” prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez told reporters.
Multiple people have since been arrested, including Ramón Martínez Perez, the alleged shooter.
Ortiz’ wife, Tiffany, released the following statement on Tuesday:
Official statement from Tiffany Ortiz, David Ortiz’s wife. pic.twitter.com/RrP5Ycfmfq
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 11, 2019
Our thoughts continue to be with Ortiz and his family.