Six Arrested In David Ortiz Shooting, One Linked To Earlier Drug Murder, Ortiz Had $7.8K Bounty On His Life

Six men have been arrested connection with the attempted murder of retired Major League Baseball star David Ortiz, as a possible link to a drug gang has also emerged.

As retired Major League Baseball superstar David Ortiz continues to recover, according to an MLB.com report, after he was shot in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday night, that country’s National Police announced on Wednesday that six men had been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of Ortiz.

Dominican Republic Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez Sanchez told the press that the hit team had been offered a bounty of 400,000 Dominican pesos — or about $7,800 United States dollars — to kill 43-year-old Ortiz, according to a Boston Globe report. Ortiz, a 10-time All Star who led the Boston Red Sox to three World Series championships, retired from baseball following the 2016 season.

According to a report posted via Twitter by Dominican sports journalist Héctor Gómez, the man suspected of firing the shot that severely injured Ortiz, Rolfi “Sandy” Ferreras Cruz, claimed that he did not know that Ortiz was the target of the assassination-for-hire.

Another suspect arrested on Wednesday, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, has previously been accused of involvement in

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