- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Five people have been detained in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz — including the alleged gunman, authorities said. A second suspect was also arrested. 

The Dominican Republic’s chief prosecutor, Jean Alain Rodriguez Sanchez, said Wednesday the group was offered $400,000 as part of a coordinator hit on the former slugger. Sanchez named Ramon Martinez Perez, who goes by the alias Rolfie, as the suspected gunman and is being detained for questioning.

Ortiz was shot in the back at a Dominican Republic bar Sunday and underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder and part of his intestine after suffering serve internal damage from the shooting. 

In a statement released by the Red Sox, Tiffany Ortiz, Ortiz‘ wife, said her husband is “making good progress” while in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

“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,” she 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.”

• This article was based in part on wire-service reports.

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