Last Updated Jun 12, 2019 7:03 PM EDT
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — Prosecutors in the Dominican Republic saidwas the target of an $8,000 hit. Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, who allegedly shot Ortiz at a nightclub Sunday night is now in custody, along with several other suspects.
Police described the shooting as a "sophisticated hit job" involving two vehicles and multiple suspects who tracked the former big leaguer while he was at a club with friends. The gunman was riding a motorcycle driven by 25-year-old Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia. Surveillance video shows Ortiz
Cruz is being charged with attempted murder. Garcia is charged as his accomplice. Garcia's lawyer said that he is a "fan" and "did not know what was about to happen."
After two surgeries, Ortiz continues to recover at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In a statement, his wife Tiffany said he will remain in the ICU for the coming days but "is making good progress towards recovery."
The attack on the slugger known as "Big Papi" has rocked the sports world. Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez played with Ortiz for two years, winning a World Series championship in 2004.
"I am so disappointed to know that someone like David who saved so many lives can have someone after his life," he said.
Authorities said they're still investigating the shooting, looking for who ordered the hit and what their motive was. At least four more suspects remain at large.