Cops: Suspect in Ortiz shooting was offered $7.8K

Report: Five Suspects Now Under Arrest in Connection to David Ortiz Shooting

The suspected gunman and the accomplices who ambushed and shot former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the back Sunday night - leaving him hospitalized in intensive care with serious internal injuries - were paid less than $8,000 by unnamed criminals to carry out the coordinated attack, authorities in the Dominican Republic said Wednesday.

Dominican authorities said Ramon Martinez Perez, known by the alias "Rolfie", was detained and being questioned, according to NBC.

The fifth person, motorcycle driver Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, was already in custody, having been captured by police shortly after the shooting. No motive was given as of Wednesday.

"Yesterday and this morning, David was able to sit up as well as take some steps". There is no public indication the man is the suspected shooter.

Police have said the driver of the motorcycle carrying the gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar. Four of the five people were arrested Tuesday about 100 miles northwest of Santo Domingo, where Ortiz was shot outside of a bar late Sunday night.

One of the suspects, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, was seen driving the Accent before mounting a motorcycle driven by 25-year-old Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, the prosecutors said in a court document.

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Garcia was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.

"He didn't know what they were going to do".

The 43-year-old Ortiz frequently travelled to Santo Domingo, where his father and a sister live.

Beloved in his hometown, Ortiz travelled the risky streets of the Dominican capital with little or no security, trusting his fans to protect him, according to friends.

The Dominican Republic is one of the world's most risky countries.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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