Dominican authorities on Monday identified the man they believe paid hitmen to try to kill David Ortiz, adding that they were closing in on the mastermind and motive behind the shooting of the famous slugger who is recovering at a hospital in Boston.
The man was identified as Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota, whom authorities say is a fugitive.
UPDATE: investigators in #DominicanRepublic say the mastermind behind the plot to kill #DavidOrtiz is Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota. Police say he paid Rolfi Ferreras Cruz to shoot #Ortiz on June 9, 2019. And he is currently a fugitive of the law.
— Susan Tran (@susantran) June 18, 2019
The Red Sox legend continues his recovery here at Massachusetts General Hospital.
According to court documents, Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaino – the 10th suspect arrested in the shooting – was allegedly the liaison between Mota and the hitmen.
Perez Vizcaino was allegedly told a week before the attack he would be sent a photo of the target from a person in jail. It’s unclear who was in the photo.
He allegedly showed that picture to a group of people he’d gathered minutes before the shooting took place at a crowded Santo Domingo bar.
The baseball star underwent one surgery on the island, and was then flown to Boston for more treatment where he remains this morning.
The alleged shooter, Rolfi Cruz, told reporters from jail that Ortiz was not the intended target.
Perez Vizcaino allegedly sold an iPhone used to plan the attack to get rid of evidence, per court documents.
Ortiz led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs.
So yea, kind of a big deal.
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