Fugitive wanted in David Ortiz shooting plot still at-large

Dominican Republic National Police via AP

Dominican Republic National Police via AP

Earlier in the day, Berks County District Attorney John Adams said he believes Luis Rivas-Clase - who is being sought in the Ortiz shooting - to be the suspect wanted for a Reading, Pennsylvania, shooting in 2018.

According to Dominican media outlets, Ferreira Cruz said the people who hired him for the hit only told him the color of the clothing of the intended target.

Pennsylvania authorities have released a mug shot of Rivas-Clase that strongly resembles the suspect in an image provided by Dominican authorities, who provided the same name but without the hyphen listed in US court documents.

The New York Post adds that Cruz is a resident of New Jersey who is on the run for his involvement in two robberies that occurred in the same night. Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz and eight other suspects made a court appearance in the Dominican Republic on Friday, all wearing bulletproof vests and helmets.

Dominican authorities have not revealed who ordered the hit on Ortiz or why he was targeted.

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"It wasn't supposed to be David", he said, his words translated from Spanish.

Prosecutors in the Dominican Republic said Wednesday that the suspects set out to kill Mr. Ortiz and collect an $8,000 bounty placed on him.

Some at the club then nabbed and beat one of the suspects before police took him into custody.

Ortiz remains in a Boston hospital, where he's recovering from a second surgery.

Ortiz isn't expected to be released from the hospital until next week.

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The sports community at large was shocked to find out that David Ortiz had been shot in his own country of the Dominican Republic, where the baseball legend was reportedly shot in the back at point-blank range.

His wife, Tiffany, offered the most recent update about the condition of "Big Papi" on Thursday, saying he was in "guarded" condition in the surgical intensive care unit. He is accused of driving a auto used to stalk Ortiz before two other young men on a motorcycle shot the slugger in the back.

According to Associated Press, the burglars also shot 2 others alongside Ortiz.

The Red Sox were also informed about the mishap and they were quick to raise a helping hand towards Ortiz.

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