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David Ortiz looks on before the Red Sox home opening game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on April 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Woman Denies Involvement In David Ortiz Shooting, Suspect Identified As Eddy Feliz Garcia

As baseball legend David Ortiz remains in stable condition after a shooting in the Dominican Republic on Sunday (June 9), a woman has denied claims of being tied to the incident.

Shortly after it was reported that Ortiz was shot at The Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, local blogs tied the incident to a woman who goes by the name "Yeribell" on Instagram.

Popular blog ElCalleJon 809 reported the shooting to be a case of fatal attraction with the woman in the middle. Yeribell denied any involvement in the shooting stating on her Instagram, "With total security, I can express that information is totally false," she said. "I do not know the shadow of that man for me. Please wait for more accurate information with proofs and photos of the unfortunate fact, thank you."

Meanwhile, the gunman was identified as Eddy Feliz Garcia, 25. Garcia shot him in the back at point-blank range Sunday evening at the venue. Police spokesman Col. Frank Duran Mejia tells ESPN that the suspect was caught and brutally beaten by bystanders as he tried to get away on a motorcycle. Garcia suffered a cranium contusion and trauma to his thorax, left knee and right leg. After being treated at the Dario Contreras Hospital, he was placed in police custody. Footage has also surfaced on social media of the beating.

Ortiz is currently in stable condition. Doctors had to remove part of Ortiz's intestines and colon, as well as his gallbladder. "Doctors say that David is out of danger, thank God," Ortiz's father, Leo Ortiz, told the outlet. "What they have told me post-op is that the doctors believe he will recover quickly. Big Papi will be around for a long time.''

Two other people were wounded, including Jhoel Lopez, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz at the venue. Conflicting reports stated Ortiz was shot in the leg but it was Lopez who was hit the same bullet that hit the baseball player.

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Since its inception, reggaeton and Latin trap have been a traditional boys' club. Newcomer Mariah, a Cuban-Puerto Rican artist from Miami, forms part of a new-age group of women in the industry, aside from pioneer Ivy Queen, aiming to disrupt the male-dominated business. In just a year, the 19-year-old catalyzed the genre's disruption with female-driven anthems like 2018’s “Blah.”

In the new music video for her single “Perreito,” Mariah commands the streets of Miami on the back of a motorcycle with interludes of her performing in front of colorful backdrops. Mariah was first discovered at age 16 by superstar producer, Nely “El Arma Secreta." At a young age, she knew she wanted to make her mark on the music industry.

“Once I was like nine or 10, that’s when I started to sing and noticed my voice was a little good,” Mariah told Mitu. “I was like, 'That’s it!' I woke up every morning before school and watched Justin Bieber and Chris Brown, they are also big inspirations for me, and I wanted to be just like them.”

“My dream was to get signed and bring a new sound to the industry,” she continued. “Together, with Universal/GTS, we will make a big impact on the industry.” And so far, her star is steadily rising. In January, Mariah landed on Billboard’s 2019 5 Female Latin Artists to Keep On Your Radar list.

Watch the new video for "Perreito" above.

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David Ortiz's Shooting Investigation Leads To Six Arrests

The gunman allegedly responsible for shooting former Boston Red Sox baseball player, David Ortiz, and five other suspects involved in the attack have been taken into custody by authorities in the Dominican Republic, the Associated Press reports.

The man reportedly responsible for the shooting, identified as 25-year-old Rolfy Ferreira, admitted to authorities his role in the occurrence. The country’s national police director, Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte revealed that the attack's organizer was paid $400,000 Dominican pesos ($7,800 USD).

Those present at the scene in a popular Santo Domingo bar on Sunday night (June 9), claim they witnessed two men carry out the shooting on two motorcycles, while another two suspects in cars were there to facilitate the gunmen’s escape from the scene.

“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 Rodriguez said. “Nobody involved in this unfortunate episode will escape justice, neither those who carried it out nor the mastermind.”

Officials state that the weapon used for the attack was a Browning Hi-Power semi-automatic pistol, which was then handed to suspects Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta and Porfirio Allende Dechamps Vasquez. “In one of the videos it was possible to observe both the accused and the shooter planning the commission of the incident,” prosecutors said.

As details of the case continue to emerge, Ortiz is steadily recovering at Massachusetts General Hospital. His wife, Tiffany Ortiz, says he’s able to sit up and walk around. “His condition is guarded, and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress toward recovery,” she said in a statement.

The reason for the shooting still remains unknown.

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The Dominican Republic, which became independent in 1844, has prospered in recent years due to a robust agricultural sector and a large tourism industry.
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Dominican Resort Official Says Misinformation About Fatal Incidents Are Damaging Their Reputation

Several cases about the deaths of American tourists in the Dominican Republic has prompted a hotel chain to speak out, claiming their reputation and image has been tarnished.

In a statement to news outlet Dominican Today, the Piñero Group says their employees have received threats after it was reported that three people died at their hotel chains. The Bahia Principe Bouganville in San Pedro de Macoris was named in an American death last month when Miranda Schaup-Werner died of a heart attack on May 25.

Almost a week later, Maryland couple Cynthia Ann Day, 49, and Nathaniel Edward Holmes, 63, were found dead inside their hotel room at the nearby Grand Bahia Principe La Romana. Both causes of death happened to be related to "hemorrhaging, pulmonary edema and enlarged hearts," The Washington Post reports.

Two other deaths have also been reported at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. In April, 67-year-old Robert Bell Wallace died suddenly during his stay. Family of David Harrison, 45, who also died at the resort last July have now questioned his death. Both reportedly died of heart attacks.

The FBI has stepped in to provide “technical assistance with the toxicology reports,” a state department official tells the Post.

While the Piñero Group didn't specify what misinformation was spread, they assured that they are working with authorities and have the safety of their guests and staff.

"As a result of the erroneous information that has been published, with which we do not agree, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has suffered great damage to its image and reputation," the statement reads.  "Serious insults and threats have been imposed on some of our more than 15,000 employees and their families, who are the backbone of our company and for whom we can not remain on the sidelines. We reiterate our firm commitment to cooperate fully with the authorities and we expect a quick resolution of your consultations and actions, and we will not make any other statements that could interfere with them."

In a news conference last week, tourism officials said the deaths might be coincidence noting that nothing like it has happened in the country before. “Sometimes in life, there can be a law of sequences,” Francisco Javier Garcia, the country’s minister of tourism, said Thursday (Jun 6). “Sometimes, nothing may happen to you in a year. But in another week, three things might happen to you.”

“This is something that … has never happened before in our country,” Paola Rainieri, president of Asonahores, the Dominican Republic Hotel and Tourism Association, added. “Really, we’re a safe destination.”

Read the full statement from the Piñero Group below.

With regard to the two unfortunate events that took place in the Dominican Republic, and after various media, digital platforms and social networks disseminated, reposted or distributed false information, Bahia Príncipe Hotels & Resorts wishes to express its profound respect to the authorities and investigations in progress.

We reiterate our firm commitment to cooperate fully with the authorities and we expect a quick resolution of your consultations and actions, and we will not make any other statements that could interfere with them.

As a result of the erroneous information that has been published, with which we do not agree, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has suffered great damage to its image and reputation. Serious insults and threats have been imposed on some of our more than 15,000 employees and their families, who are the backbone of our company and for whom we can not remain on the sidelines.

For 24 years, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has operated in the Dominican Republic, which is one of the most internationally recognized destinations, and receives 7 million tourists from around the world annually. In the Dominican Republic, we have 14 hotels and more than 7,100 rooms, which makes us the largest hotel brand in the total number of hotel beds in the country. We welcome approximately 700,000 people each year.

The safety and comfort of our guests and staff is the core of our company’s values and works daily to ensure it. All of our properties in the Dominican Republic possess some of the most prestigious certifications in the industry, including Travelife certifications at the Gold level, as well as a Global Reputation Index (GRI) of 90 percent.

We reiterate that we totally disagree with the dissemination of false information published publicly that endangers the image and reputation of the company and the integrity and rights of our employees and their families, reserving, when necessary, the right to undertake the adequate legal action.

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