The suspected gunman and the accomplices who ambushed and shot former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the back Sunday night - leaving him hospitalized in intensive care with serious internal injuries - were paid less than $8,000 by unnamed criminals to carry out the coordinated attack, authorities in the Dominican Republic said Wednesday.
Five people are under arrest in connection with the shooting, sources told WBZ-TV's Anaridis Rodriguez on Wednesday.
Authorities said they're still investigating the shooting, looking for who ordered the hit and what their motive was.
David Ortiz had a second surgery after arriving in Boston. There is no public indication the man is the suspected shooter. Police are also in possession of the gun used in the shooting.
Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, who was apprehended Tuesday, drove a grey Hyundai Accent before mounting the motorcycle driven by Feliz Garcia, according to the court document.
"Yesterday and this morning, David was able to sit up as well as take some steps".
"His condition is guarded and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days", the 43-year-old's wife, Tiffany, said.
The document also revealed ineptitude, saying the motorcycle driver, Feliz Garcia, was captured after he skidded and fell off his bike as the pair tried to flee.
Ortiz was shot in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday night.
Féliz Garcia's lawyer says his client is an innocent motorcycle taxi driver who had no idea his passenger was going to commit a crime. "He's a fan of David's", the attorney, Deivi Solano, said Tuesday.
Ortiz was shot at a club in Santo Domingo and underwent emergency surgery to fix damage done by the bullet to both his intestines and his liver.
The Dominican Republic is one of the world's most unsafe countries.