Dominican authorities say the person who had planned the shooting of David Ortiz had offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $ 7,800, to commit the crime.
Police Major Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, the director of the National Police of the Dominican Republic, refused to give a motive for shooting the former Red Sox star, but said there were at least six suspects in custody.
But Bautista said in a press conference on Wednesday that the alleged coordinator is one of the suspects being 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 that the two men on the motorcycle were on surveillance cameras talking to other people in the Accent and in a Hyundai in a nearby street before shooting at a popular bar in Santo Domingo on Sunday night.
Police Major Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, the director of the National Police of the Dominican Republic, said the group behind the shooting of David Ortiz had paid $ 7,800. He can be seen above at a press conference in Santo Domingo on Wednesday
Meanwhile, Ortiz & # 39; s wife in Boston said the former Red Sox star was able to sit up and take a few steps while recuperating in intensive care at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The chief prosecutor in the Dominican Republic says that five people, including the alleged shooter, were detained while shooting Ortiz.
In total, six suspects were arrested and, according to the authorities, a seventh suspect is being pursued during the shooting.
Jean Alain Rodríguez Sánchez, Chief Prosecutor of the Dominican Republic, spoke at a press conference on Wednesday.
The attack on David & # 39; Big Papi & # 39; Ortiz in the Dominican Republic was a sophisticated hit with two cars in which he was deployed before being shot by a man on a motorcycle, the local police have claimed.
Ortiz, 43, was shot in the background on Sunday night when he and a friend were drinking a drink in the Dial bar in Santo Domingo.
Two men, Eddy Feliz Garcia and Oliver Moisés Mirabal Acosta, have been arrested.
Before he jumped on Garcia & # 39; s motorcycle, Acosta was filmed while driving a Hyundai and talking to other men.
He then approached Ortiz on the motorcycle and shot him, police say.
Garcia, who was pursued and beaten at the crime scene, is now charged with a series of charges, including an attempted murder, but his lawyer says he is an innocent moped taxi driver who had no idea what Acosta was planning.
According to police, two Hyundais were seen after Ortiz before the incident, including one that faced him before he was shot.
They did not release the images, but it was described in uploading documents for Garcia.
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Eddy Feliz Garcia, 25, rode the motorcycle with the shooter on his back. He is shown on Tuesday evening from one police station to another. He was beaten by a crowd on the scene of the shooting
The police have yet to confirm a motive, but several law enforcement sources told DailyMail.com earlier this week that the assassins were hired by a reputed drug lord who believed that Ortiz, who is married, was having an affair with his wife.
The representatives of the baseball star fired that it was a woman, but said they had no doubt that it was a contract job.
Ortiz was flown back to Boston on a Red Sox plane on Monday.
He is now recovering at the hospital, where he is expected to stay for some time, but took his first steps yesterday.
Doctors say he is lucky to live. The bullet hit him in the back and left his stomach.
He had to undergo surgery to remove part of his gallbladder and part of his gut was taken out, but he is expected to recover completely.
The baseball star is just like & # 39; n living legend in the Dominican Republic, where he was born, just like in Boston, where he played the Red Sox for years.
David Ortiz is pictured above after his surgery at a hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic after being shot on Sunday evening. He's in a Boston hospital now
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