Police in the Dominican Republic said in a statement that the alleged gunman had confessed to shooting after being arrested on Wednesday. The police also arrested five other people in connection with the shooting and are still looking for someone else.
The authorities have not indicated a possible motive for the attack, but the investigators treat the case as an assassination attempt. The police chief said the group had received nearly $ 8,000 to shoot Ortiz. He added that the investigators had found the gun used during the shooting, which had been buried in the home of one of the suspects.
Ortiz was shot Sunday night at a club in the Dominican Republic. The police said he was shot in the back and the bullet passed through his stomach, forcing doctors to remove some of his bowels and gall bladder. His friend, Dominican TV presenter Jhoel López, was also injured.
The star of the major league has returned to the United States UU Monday and currently, he is recovering in a hospital in Boston. Ortiz’s wife said in a statement on Wednesday that her husband “will stay at the ICU for the next few days, but is making good progress towards recovery.”