Ex-Boston slugger David Ortiz shot at Dominican Republic bar

Leo Ortiz with other relatives at the hospital where his son Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was hospitalized after being shot in the Dominican Republic

Leo Ortiz with other relatives at the hospital where his son Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was hospitalized after being shot in the Dominican Republic

Ortiz's rep, Leo Lopez, said the drive-by on Ortiz, known as "Big Papi, " was clearly "an act of hired killers". Shot between the left side of the lower back and came out through the abdomen. Ortiz was sitting at an outdoor table at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo when two men drove up on a motorcycle.

Ortiz was shot Sunday at a club in eastern Santo Domingo, a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and bars.

Bystanders apprehended one of the men, identified by police as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia, and beat and stomped him until police arrived. He initially underwent emergency surgery at Clinica Abel Gonzalez in Santo Domingo.

"On behalf of me and my family, I want to thank John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and the Boston Red Sox for all that they are doing for David and our family, as well as Dr. Larry Ronan and the wonderful staff at Massachusetts General Hospital", Ortiz's wife's statement continued. She also expressed appreciation to Dr. Larry Ronan and his staff at Massachusetts General for caring for Ortiz.

Garcia apparently tried to flee the nightclub after the shooting, but onlookers immediately stopped and attacked him before he was turned over to police and taken to a hospital for treatment. He won three World Series whilst hitting with Boston and was an All Star on 10 separate occasions.

He added that he is pleased with the medical attention Ortiz has received but that he will be transferred to Boston so he can be with his wife and the Red Sox medical team.

Eliezer Salvador, a friend of Ortiz's who said he drove the slugger to the hospital in the aftermath of the shooting, told The Associated Press he asked Ortiz if he knew of any enemies who would want to have him killed.

Police said they had yet to talk to Ortiz because of his condition but plan to.

The Red Sox retired Ortiz's No. 34 in 2017, and Boston renamed a bridge and a stretch of road outside Fenway Park in his honor. "A lot of times I see guys who play on my team coming to the United States to live".

"There's just one coward out there that just wanted to do that to someone who didn't deserve it".

He had helped rally the city after the Boston Marathon bombings that year, giving a speech at Fenway Park, telling the crowd to stay "Boston strong".

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