A prosecutor in Pennsylvania has said another suspect in the shooting could be the same man wanted on attempted murder charges for the homicide of a man in Reading, Pennsylvania in April 2018, according to reports.
His friend, Jhoel López, a television host, also was wounded in the incident, police said. When prosecutors provided an update on the case, it was reported that Ortiz was targeted in an orchestrated hit with the perpetrators being paid just under $8,000.
Rolfi Ferreira Cruz, who was shouting to journalists in Spanish, said Ortiz's clothes confused him prior to pulling the trigger at the Santo Domingo nightclub.
Late Friday, Dominican authorities indicted nine suspects, including the 25-year-old Cruz, in connection to the shooting, The indictments mean authorities can hold the suspects for up to a year while investigators look into what they say was an orchestrated hit on Ortiz. Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz and eight other suspects made a court appearance in the Dominican Republic on Friday, all wearing bulletproof vests and helmets.
Police were called on December 22, 2017, after two men, a 26-year-old Passaic resident and a 41-year-old Clifton man, said they were robbed at gunpoint by a group of people in the area of Lake and Van Winkle avenues in Clifton, authorities said. The Boston Red Sox legend was then brought home to Boston where he had a second successful surgery.
Ortiz has been able to sit up and take some steps, and he is expected to recover from his wounds.
Meanwhile, the father of another suspect in Sunday's shooting of Ortiz at a bar said his son is a member of gang of hired assassins and low-level drug dealers known as the Gilberts. "We have offered David's family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts", they said.
Mirabal Acosta was arrested Tuesday in the town of Mao, in the northern Dominican Republic.
Tiffany Ortiz also thanked the doctors and medical staff at the Abel Gonzalez Clinic in Santo Domingo for saving her husband's life.
The Red Sox retired his number, 34, in 2017 - a year after he retired - and Boston renamed a bridge and a stretch of road outside Fenway Park in his honor.