A growing number of suspects are currently facing charges in the June 9 shooting of retired Red Sox legend David Ortiz, who survived what prosecutors say was an attempted contract killing in his native Santo Domingo.
Here’s what we know about the chain of events leading up to the brazen attack on one of the Dominican Republic’s most revered sports heroes at the Dial Bar and Lounge. Ortiz, 43, continues to recover at Mass. General.
Sunday, June 2
The Plan — Prosecutors say that on this date, Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota, who allegedly arranged to pay the conspirators $7,800, met with another suspect, Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaíno, to discuss details of the hit.
Sunday June 9
The Phone — On the day of the shooting, officials say, Vizcaíno received a gold iPhone that showed “the person they were going to liquidate,” he confessed Friday, according to court documents.
The Gas Station Meetup — Later that day, prosecutors allege, Vizcaíno met with the assembled hit squad at a gas station, where he showed them the photo. Authorities said Vizcaíno then got in a car with suspect Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase, also known as “The Surgeon,” and Maria Fernanda Villasmil Manzanilla, a Venezuelan woman who officials say was part of the plot.
The Huddle — Prosecutors say Vizcaíno on the night of the shooting huddled near the Dial with the suspected triggerman, Rolfi Ferreras Cruz, and Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, who allegedly drove Cruz on a motorcycle to the bar. Ortiz was seated there on a crowded patio with friends.
The Attack — Shortly after 9 p.m., authorities say, Garcia and Cruz rode to the Dial. Cruz got off the bike and walked toward Ortiz, who had his back to the street. Cruz allegedly fired a single shot that struck Ortiz in the back, sending horrified patrons scattering. Cruz was initially able to flee, but witnesses detained Garcia and pummeled him before police took him into custody.
Monday, June 10
The Cleanup — At 1 p.m. the day after the shooting, Vizcaíno allegedly went to the house of a woman in East Santo Domingo and showed her the phone.
He claimed the phone had “problems” and sold it to her for 9,000 pesos. “He did this to get rid of the phone after learning that police were looking for him,” legal documents state.
Authorities haven’t publicly confirmed the name of the suspect who allegedly ordered the hit, nor have they disclosed a motive. Legal filings indicate police believe the audacious plot may have been hatched from inside a prison.
Clouding matters further, the suspected triggerman reportedly claims that Ortiz wasn’t the intended target.
Vizcaíno was the 10th suspect indicted for his alleged role in the plot. Several suspects, including Mota, remain at large. A spokesman for local prosecutors identified the other fugitives as Rivas Clase, Villasmil Manzanilla, and Marcos Diaz.