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David Ortiz shooting: 3 more suspects arrested
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David Ortiz shooting: 3 more suspects arrested

Second Suspect Arrested in Relation to David Ortiz Shooting

David Ortiz shooting: 3 more suspects arrested

Nine suspects have been detained in connection to Sunday’s ambush shooting of Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said.

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In a statement released Thursday by the Red Sox, David Ortiz’s wife said he continued to recover in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he’s expected to remain hospitalized for several days.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 9:55 a.m. EDT June 14: Authorities in the Dominican Republic arrested three more suspects Thursday night suspected of playing roles in Oritz’s shooting, according to multiple reports.

The country’s National Prosecutor’s Office identified the suspects as Lanny Estefanny Perez Reyes, José Eduardo “Chuki” Ciprián and Carlos Rafael “Carlos Nike” Álvarez, ABC News reported.

Authorities continued searching Friday for at least one suspect in the case, identified as Luis “The Surgeon” Rivas-Clase, The Reading Eagle reported.

Update: 5:06 a.m. EDT June 14: According to The Associated Press, prosecutors said they believe two suspects in the shooting of retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz are wanted for crimes in the United States. Meanwhile, the father of another suspect said his son belongs to a Dominican gang of hitmen.

New Jersey prosecutors said a bench warrant on armed robbery and gun charges was issued for the man authorities in the Dominican Republic said pulled the trigger, according to the AP. In addition, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said he believes another suspect is wanted for attempted homicide in the state.

Update 1:45 p.m. EDT June 13: David Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, thanked surgeons, medics and staff at the Dominican Republic’s Abel Gonzalez Clinic on Thursday and said her husband continued to recover in Boston.

“David remains in guarded condition in the surgical intensive care unit following his second surgery,” Tiffany Ortiz said in the statement, released by the Boston Red Sox. “He continues to heal and make progress.”

Tiffany Ortiz also thanked Eliezer Salvador, the man who drove Ortiz to the hospital after Sunday night's shooting in his native Dominican Republic, "for his quick thinking and swift action."

 

Officials in the Dominican Republic said they have detained six people in connection to Sunday’s shooting. Authorities continue to investigate.

Update 9:40 a.m. EDT June 13: Authorities continued searching for four other suspects Thursday connected to Sunday’s shooting, NPR reported.

Witnesses said the crime was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars. On Wednesday, authorities announced six people had been detained as part of the investigation, including the alleged gunman.

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This combination of photos provided by the Dominican Republic National Police on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 show suspects in connection with the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Police identify the men as, top row from left, Rolfy Ferreyra, who has been identified as the shooter, Joel Rodriguez Cruz, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, and Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia. Bottom row from left, Polfirio Allende Dechamps Vazquez, Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase and Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela. All the men with the exception of Rivas Clase have been detained. (Dominican Republic National Police via AP)
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5 people, including gunman detained in David Ortiz shooting, prosecutor says

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This combination of photos provided by the Dominican Republic National Police on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 show suspects in connection with the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Police identify the men as, top row from left, Rolfy Ferreyra, who has been identified as the shooter, Joel Rodriguez Cruz, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, and Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia. Bottom row from left, Polfirio Allende Dechamps Vazquez, Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase and Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela. All the men with the exception of Rivas Clase have been detained. (Dominican Republic National Police via AP)

The suspects were allegedly paid 400,000 Dominican pesos (about $7,800) to kill Ortiz, Police Maj. Gen Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said, according to NPR. 

Authorities continue to investigate.

Update 11:30 p.m. EDT June 12: The chief prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez said that no one involved in the shooting of will remain in impunity, not even in the intellectual author of the crime.

He also said Wednesday the suspects “are being interrogated and we will continue deepening the investigation to get to the truth about what happened.”

Update 5 p.m. EDT June 12: Police Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said 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.

Update 4:30 p.m. EDT June 12: The chief prosecutor in the Dominican Republic said five people, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting of David Ortiz.

Authorities said a fifth suspect is being pursued in the shooting, which witnesses said was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars.

According to The Associated Press, the chief prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez Sánchez spoke at a news conference on Wednesday. Authorities gave the name of the alleged shooter as Rolfy Ferrery, aka Sandy.

Prosecutors have said the two men were seen on security camera footage talking with other people in the Accent and in a Hyundai in a nearby street before the shooting Sunday night.

Update 12:50 p.m. EDT June 12: Tiffany Ortiz said Wednesday in a statement released by the Red Sox that her husband continued to recover in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Yesterday and this morning, David was able to sit up as well as take some small steps,” Tiffany Oritz said. “His condition is guarded and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress towards recovery.”

 

Julieta Tejeda, a spokeswoman for the national prosecutor’s office in the Dominican Republic, told reporters Tuesday night that a second person had been arrested in connection to Sunday’s shooting. It was not immediately clear what role the person allegedly played in the attack.

Police previously said the driver of the motorcycle carrying the gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar. The gunman has not been arrested.

Update 4:08 a.m. EDT June 12: A second suspect has been arrested in connection with Ortiz’s shooting, according to the Dominican Republic’s national prosecutor’s office.

According to The Associated Press, “there is no public indication the man is the suspected shooter.”

No further information was immediately available.

 

Update 7:05 p.m. EDT June 11: The mother of the suspect in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox David Ortiz said her son is innocent.

Dominican Republic National Police said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo just before 9 p.m. Sunday when a gunman walked up from behind and shot him at close range. 

Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, 25, has been identified as a suspect involved in the shooting. Police said Garcia confessed to taking part in the shooting, but they haven’t been able to confirm if he was the shooter or if he was driving the motorcycle the shooter was arrived at the bar on. 

Despite his alleged confession, Garcia’s mother told Telesistema she doesn’t believe her son is involved because she raised him well. 

“That happened because of something like, without thinking. You understand?” Justina Garcia said. “I don't think he's a part of that. Because my children… I have given them a very good foundation."

A crowd of people at the bar detained and beat Garcia. He was treated at a hospital before being transferred to police custody. 

Meantime, the injured Ortiz has taken his first steps after his latest surgery, according to CNN. 

 

Update 12:20 p.m. EDT June 11: David Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said the 43-year-old was recovering Tuesday after undergoing a second surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“He is stable, awake and resting comfortably this morning in the ICU, where he is expected to remain for the next several days,” she said.

 

David Oritz was flown Monday to Massachusetts, one day after authorities said he was shot in the back in an ambush at a bar in Dominican Republic.

Ortiz had been in stable condition in intensive care at a Santo Domingo hospital after doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine, according to his spokesman, Leo López. He said Ortiz's liver was also damaged in the shooting Sunday night.

Update 11:00 p.m. EDT June 10: Former Red Sox player David Ortiz arrived in Boston Monday night after the baseball team sent a medical flight to Santo Domingo to bring back the beloved ex-first baseman, according to news organizations.

 

Ortiz, 43, underwent surgery in the Dominican Republic after the shooting. Doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestines, according to The Associated Press

He was shot in the back Sunday night and “the bullet went through his stomach,” a spokesman for the national police, Felix Durán Mejia, told CNN

Doctors in the Dominican Republic had said they expected Ortiz to make a full recovery

He was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital Monday night for ongoing treatment . 

 

Update 5:50 p.m. EDT June 10: Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is on his way to the U.S. An American medical team  arrived in Santo Domingo to airlift Big Papi back to Boston, according to The Associated Press.

The Red Sox icon underwent surgery following an ambush by a gunman Sunday in his native country.

Doctors removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestines. Spokesman Leo López said Ortiz's liver was also damaged in the shooting Sunday night.

 

Ortiz is a beloved sports hero in both Boston and the Dominican Republic. He led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs.

It’s still unclear why Ortiz was ambushed and shot.

Update 12:15 p.m. EDT June 10: Former President Barack Obama shared well wishes for Ortiz on Monday as the former Red Sox slugger recovers from a gunshot wound.

Obama praised Ortiz’s “spirit and resolve” in the wake of the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

“Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own,” Obama wrote Monday in a message posted to Twitter. “Get well soon, Papi.”

 

Citing family members, Boston Red Sox officials said in a statement early Monday that Ortiz was shot in the “lower back/abdominal region” while in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night.

He was hospitalized Monday after undergoing surgery and expected to recover. Authorities had a suspect in custody after the shooting , although they did not identify the suspect or share a possible motive for the attack.

Update 9:20 a.m. EDT June 10: In a statement released early Monday, the Red Sox said Ortiz’s family told team officials he “sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region” in an incident in the Dominican Republic.

Team officials said Ortiz was being treated at Santo Domingo’s Clinica Abel Gonzalez and that he was recovering Monday after undergoing surgery.

“We have offered David’s family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep the in our hearts,” the team said.

 

David Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, told reporters outside the hospital that his son was out of danger and that no damage had been done to his major organs, The Associated Press reported

“He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting,” Leo Ortiz said, according to the AP. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

Leo Oritz told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot his son. 

Original report: Red Sox legend David Ortiz has been shot in the Dominican Republic, according to multiple reports.

ESPN baseball reporter Marly Rivera is reporting that, according to David Ortiz’s father, Leo, Ortiz was shot and wounded at an amusement center in Santo Domingo in his native Dominican Republic.

   

Ortiz, affectionately known as "Big Papi," reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the back. ESPN is reporting that Ortiz was taken to a medical center. His condition was unknown.

"At the moment, everything is confusing. I'm trying to find out where they took my son," Ortiz's father told ESPN.

Dominican TV station CDN 37 reported that Ortiz was shot in the back after initially reporting he had been wounded in the leg, according to The Associated Press.

Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte told the AP that the gunman shot Ortiz at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday night.

That gunman was captured, Bautista told the AP, and beaten by the bar's patrons. Investigators are determining whether or not Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista told the AP.

Felix Duran Mejia, a spokesman for the Dominican National Police, reportedly told CNN that Ortiz was shot by a motorcyclist who approached Ortiz directly. 

"The bullet went through his stomach," Mejia reportedly told CNN, adding that Ortiz's condition is "confidential."

Rivera, of ESPN, tweeted that Ortiz is out of danger, according to doctors. She also reports that Ortiz was in surgery as of 11:37 p.m. Sunday. 

 

Rivera also cited a journalist in the Dominican Republic, who tweeted that Ortiz is stable and in surgery. 

 

Rivera later tweeted just after 12:30 a.m. Monday that Ortiz was stable and recovering out of surgery. 

 

ESPN is reporting that that same journalist, Dionisio Soldevila, said Ortiz told doctors, "Please don't let me die. I'm a good man." 

Soldevila tweeted just after 12:30 a.m. on Monday that Ortiz's father told him that the former major-leaguer is resting, no organs were affected and that he is hoping for a full recovery.

 

The 43-year-old Ortiz was born in Santo Domingo. He spent 14 years with the Red Sox, winning three World Series with Boston and making 10 All-Star teams.

Ortiz, who played in the MLB for 20 seasons, was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox knock off the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.

Ortiz, a beloved baseball player, is also known for the words of strength he gave to the city of Boston in the days following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

ESPN tweeted a series of posts from players in Major League Baseball who expressed their well-wishes for Ortiz.

 

Boston's WFXT has reached out to the Boston Red Sox and is awaiting a reply.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Phone call transcript released 9:05 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: The White House has released the transcript of the first phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. That phone call took place in April. This is not the phone call the whistleblower reported on. People are getting to their seats 9 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: House Intelligence Committee members, the press and spectators are coming into the room for the start of the hearing. $3 million in donations 8:55 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale announced on Thursday that the Trump campaign raised more than $3 million on Wednesday during the first public impeachment hearings. A case of bribery? 8:47 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, accused Trump of bribery. Pelosi pointed out at her weekly press conference that bribery is “in the Constitution” as a reason for impeaching a president. Yovanovitch has arrived 8:38 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Yovanovitch has arrived at Capitol Hill with her attorneys and is entering the building. One public hearing and two in private8:35 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: While Yovanovitch will testify in public Friday, David Holmes will appear before the committee afterward in a closed-door session. Holmes is a State Department employee who claims to have overheard a phone conversation about Ukraine between Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, and Trump. On Saturday, Mark Sandy, an office of Management and Budget official, will testify before the committee in private. Sandy will be the first OMB official to agree to testify before the committee. How the hearing will go 8:15 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: The hearing will be conducted in the same way as Wednesday’s hearing with William Taylor and George Kent was conducted. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-California, and the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, R-California, will question Taylor and Kent in 45-minute segments each. Those 45 minutes can be delegated to the staff lawyers or other committee members. After the extended 45-minute periods, the committee will go back to its usual format of five-minute rounds of questions for committee members. Let’s get started 8 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Good morning and welcome to live updates from the second public hearing of the impeachment inquiry. The hearing begins in an hour, at 9 a.m. ET. Live updates coming 6 a.m. ET Nov. 15, 2019: Live updates of Marie Yovanovitch's testimony will begin at 8 a.m. ET. The hearing begins at 9 a.m. ET [Summary]
  • A brake fluid leak on certain Nissan cars and SUVs could lead to risk of fire prompting the automaker to recall about 394,000 vehicles in the United States. >> Read more trending news  An antilock brake actuator pump can leak onto a circuit board, causing electrical shorts and fires. Because of the risk, Nissan recommends owners park the vehicles outside and away from buildings if the antilock brake light is on for more than 10 seconds.  The recall covers 2015 to 2018 Nissan Murano SUVs, 2016 to 2018 Maxima sedans and 2017 to 2019 Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the second recall for some of the same vehicles. In 2018, Nissan dealers inspected parts but did not replace the pumps if fluid wasn’t leaking. Dealers will now replace pumps on all of the vehicles. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
  • An Arkansas paramedic is charged with felony theft after authorities allege she cut a 1.7-carat diamond ring off a dead patient’s finger last month and pawned it for $45. Lisa Darlene Glaze, 50, of Hot Springs Village, is charged with theft by receiving and misdemeanor transfer of stolen property to a pawn shop, according to Garland County court records. Arrested Monday, she has since been released on $4,500 bond. >> Read more trending news  The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs reported that Glaze, a paramedic at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, was one of the paramedics who attended to Gloria Farrar Robinson on Oct. 16 when the 72-year-old Whie Hall woman suffered a medical emergency. A probable cause affidavit obtained by the newspaper stated Robinson was taken to CHI St. Vincent, where she later died. After Robinson died, her personal effects were given to her husband, identified in her obituary as Leonard Robinson, and her sister, Alesia Massey. Massey asked Glaze about three of Robinson’s rings that were missing. Glaze “did not answer her and walked away,” according to the affidavit. Robinson’s husband and sister went to Fuller Hale South Funeral Home in Pine Bluff two days later to make funeral arrangements, at which time they were given a bag with two of the missing rings, the Sentinel-Record reported. A 1.7-carat diamond, gold solitaire ring was still missing. The ring, which was adorned with a marquise-cut diamond, had been cut off Robinson’s finger, according to the affidavit. On Oct. 24, eight days after Robinson died, Glaze went to Hot Springs Classic Guns and Loan with a marquise-cut, solitaire diamond ring with a gold band. She sold the ring, which the pawnshop worker noted had a cut in the band, for $45, the court documents allege. Glaze used her driver’s license for identification during the transaction, the Sentinel-Record reported. Five days after the sale, a Montgomery County investigator went to the pawnshop and took photos of the ring, sending the images to Robinson’s husband and sister. Both identified the ring as belonging to the deceased woman, the affidavit said. The pawnshop employee who bought the ring identified Glaze in a photo as the woman who sold the piece of jewelry, the Sentinel-Record reported. Massey, Robinson’s sister, retrieved the ring from the pawnshop and had it appraised. The ring was determined to be worth nearly $8,000. Robinson’s son, Ben Ellis, castigated Glaze in a Facebook post Wednesday, calling her an expletive before questioning her care of his dying mother. “You stole my mother’s rings off her hands after she died?” Ellis wrote. “Did you let my mother die so you could steal her jewelry?” A woman named Diane McAlister offered Ellis her condolences. “Gloria was a wonderful, hardworking person. She respected everyone,” McAlister wrote. “I hope this person is prosecuted to the highest degree.” According to her obituary, Robinson worked as a payroll officer at Southeast Arkansas College for more than 20 years. Glaze has been placed on administrative leave with pay by the hospital, which issued a statement to the Sentinel-Record about the case. “CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs places a priority on the safety and well-being of our patients and our healing ministry is committed to their security while in our care,” the statement read. The hospital is continuing to cooperate with the investigation, officials said. If convicted, Glaze faces up to 10 years in prison on the felony theft charge and up to a year in county jail for the charge of selling stolen property to the pawnshop, the newspaper said.