David Ortiz doing ‘fine’ after surgery for gunshot wound
Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was in stable condition and doing “fine” Monday after a gunman ambushed him in the Dominican Republic, according to a report citing his family.
“He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting,” Ortiz’s dad Leo Ortiz told ESPN. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”
The bullet did not strike any major organs after Ortiz, 43, was attacked by a man who jumped off a motorcycle and shot him about 8:50 p.m. Sunday at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo.
The 10-time All Star and three-time World Series champ underwent surgery at the Abel Gonzalez clinic.
“David’s family has confirmed that he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region,” the Red Sox said in a statement. “We have offered David’s family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts.”
Local news station CDN 37 reported that Eddy Feliz Garcia, 23, has been arrested in the shooting.
The gunman was caught and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, according to Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte.
Several media reports indicated that Dominican TV host Jhoel Lopez also was also shot in the incident, possibly by the same bullet.
He was shot in the leg, and his injuries were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host, according to ESPN.
A third person also was wounded, but his identity and the extent of that person’s injuries were not released.
Authorities are investigating whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said. His father told local media he has no idea why anyone would have targeted Ortiz.
Dionisio Soldevila, who hosts a radio show with ESPN’s Enrique Rojas, told the network that he spoke with the doctor who first treated Ortiz and was told the bullet entered Ortiz’s lower back and went through his body.
Ortiz told his doctors, “Please don’t let me die. I’m a good man,” Soldevila said.
Ortiz, who retired in 2016, was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox knock off the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.
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