David Ortiz, Boston Red Socket’s Great, Was Ambushed and Shot in Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back Sunday night in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. when the gunman approached from behind and shot him.The alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, Bautista said. He said police were waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.Police confirmed to CBS News the man in custody is Eddy Feliz Garcia and said they’re looking for a secondIn surveillance video, a motorcyclist can be seen approaching the group from behind, and shooting Ortiz in the back, CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports. Police say it was “nearly point-blank range.”

Surveillance video shows David Ortiz being shot inside a bar in the Dominican Republic.CBS NEWS

Ortiz was taken to a medical facility where he underwent surgery and his condition was stable, Bautista said.    Ortiz’s father, Leo, speaking to reporters outside the clinic, said his son was out of danger and that the bullet had not hit any major organ. He said he had no idea why someone would have shot his son.

Leo Ortiz, father of former Boston Red Sox star David (Big Papi) Ortiz, talks to the press outside the clinic where his son is being treated after being shot while in a club in Santo Domingo on June 9, 2019ERIKA SANTELICES / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

“He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting,” Leo Ortiz said. ” ‘Big Papi’ (David Ortiz’s nickname) will be around for a long time.”

Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said.

Journalists gather outside the clinic where former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz underwent surgery after being shot in a club in Santo Domingo in his native Dominican Republic on June 9, 2019ERIKA SANTELICES / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

National police spokesperson Frank Felix Duran told CBS News Ortiz or urban singer Secreto, who was with him, may have been the target of a hit job. “We’re not ruling out any scenario. What we can rule out is that this wasn’t a robbery,” he said.

Duran said the gunman fired without saying a word.

Family and friends of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz wait in the clinic where he and Dominican television presenter Joel Lopez were being treated after being shot while in a bar in the city of Santo Domingo on June 9, 2019. ERIKA SANTELICES / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Bautista said Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was also with Ortiz, was also hit, apparently by the same bullet.

López was shot in the leg and his wounds were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.

The Red Sox said they “have offered David’s family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep (him) in our hearts.”

One Response to “David Ortiz, Boston Red Socket’s Great, Was Ambushed and Shot in Dominican Republic”

  1. jjtric says:

    Dave is doing better.He is out of danger after being shot.

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