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Suspect in 'Big Papi' shooting may also be wanted in Berks

READING, Pa. - The seventh suspect in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic may be the same man wanted on attempted murder charges in Berks County,

Police said they are looking for Luis Alfredo Rivas-Clase as a seventh suspect in the shooting of Ortiz on Sunday. Six other people are already in custody, but Rivas-Clase is still on the run.

A man with the same name and description is also wanted on attempted murder charges in connection with the shooting of a man on North Front Street in Reading in April 2018.

Reading police said the victim told them that Rivas-Clase, whose nickname is "The Surgeon," threatened to have him killed a few days before the shooting occurred.

Berks County Sheriff Eric Weaknecht told 69 News that his office is working with U.S. Marshals to confirm details of the case.

Meanwhile, police in the Dominican Republic have not yet revealed a motive for the shooting of Ortiz, who is recovering at a hospital in Boston, but they did confirm that 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $8,000 in U.S. money, was offered to coordinate the shooting.

Authorities said they also have video of the men driving around the area moments before the shooting, when they get out of a car and begin riding a motorcycle.

Police also showed the gun they said was used to shoot Ortiz and then buried at a house in the northern part of the island.

Ortiz, known as "Big Papi," also has a small connection to Reading. He played against the R-Phils at FirstEnergy Stadium in 1997, when he was a member of the New Britain Rock Cats in the Minnesota Twins organization.


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