6 suspects, including gunman, arrested in David Ortiz shooting

Six suspects, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, the Dominican Republic’s chief prosecutor said Wednesday.

Four other suspects also were being pursued in the shooting, which witnesses said was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars.

“At this moment, they are being interrogated and we will continue deepening the investigation to get to the truth about what happened,” Chief Prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez said.

“Nobody involved in this lamentable episode will remain in impunity, not even the material or intellectual author” of the crime, he said.

Authorities have declined to give a motive for the shooting at a popular Santo Domingo bar Sunday night. Among the suspects in custody was the alleged shooter, identified by authorities as Rolfy Ferreyra, a.k.a. Sandy.

Beloved in his hometown, Ortiz traveled the dangerous streets of the Dominican capital with little or no security, trusting his fans to protect him, according to friends.

The Dominican Republic is one of the world’s most dangerous countries. The murder rate stands at 12.5 killings per 100,000 people, placing the Dominican Republic in the top 10% to 15% of the most violent countries in the world, according to the U.S. State Department.

Meanwhile, in Boston, Ortiz’s wife said in a statement that the 2013 World Series MVP was able to sit up and take some steps as he recuperates in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was transferred after the attack.

“His condition is guarded, and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress toward recovery,” Tiffany Ortiz said in the statement.

NFL: The Kansas City Chiefs signed All-Pro offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz to a one-year extension that could keep him with the AFC West champions through the 2021 season. Terms were not announced. The Cal alum signed a $33 million, five-year deal with the Chiefs in 2016.

• The New York Jets claimed cornerback Montrel Meander off waivers from the Raiders, who cut him Tuesday.

Tennis: Andy Murray says he is playing “pretty much pain-free” after hip surgery in January and is hoping to compete in singles “at some stage this year.” The three-time Grand Slam champion, who will play doubles at Wimbledon, says he doesn’t want to put a time frame on when his return to singles will be.

WNBA: Kia Nurse scored 26 points and Asia Durr added a personal-high 20 to help the host New York Liberty beat the Minnesota Lynx 75-69.

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