A spokeswoman for the National Prosecutor's Office in the Dominican Republic said a second person had been arrested while investigating the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz. Spokeswoman Julieta Tejeda reported the arrest on Tuesday evening to WhatsApp to a group of journalists, but refused further details. "Big Papi" was shot dead in the dial bar and lounge in Santo Domingo on Sunday night.
Police arrested the driver on Sunday after being captured and beaten by the crowd at the scene. Eddy Vladimir Féliz Garcia, 25, who was arrested for drugging in 2017, is due to be indicted for his alleged role in targeted shooting as an accomplice in an assassination attempt, The Boston Globe reported.
The police did not confirm the suspects Leo Lopez, a Ortiz representative, said, "There is no doubt that this is an act of hired killers." Féliz Garcia's lawyer Deivi Solano told the Associated Press that his Customer had no idea who he was picking up and what should happen when he stopped to take a fare. "He's a fan of David," Solano added.
Ortiz is recovering from an exploratory operation in Boston, where he was flown by the Red Sox Monday night. Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, said in a statement on Tuesday that the player in the Massachusetts General Hospital intensive care unit is "stable, awake and comfortable resting". He is expected to stay there for several days. The Dominican doctors removed Ortiz's gallbladder and part of his intestine.
Two others were injured in the shooting, including Dominican TV presenter Jhoel Lopez, who was with Ortiz. The officials believe Lopez has been injured by the same bullet shot in Ortiz, National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said, was a 1
Frank Miles and the Associated Press of Fox News have contributed to this report.