Former MLB World Series champion and Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back inside the Dial club within Ortiz's hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic...
According to the Daily Caller, Ortiz was immediately rushed to the hospital, where a six-hour surgery was performed by three different doctors. During the surgery doctors removed parts of his intestines, colon and gallbladder, ultimately saving his life.
David Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, said the former all-star currently remains in “stable condition,” and will continue to “rest” his injuries. Ortiz also sustained damage to his liver as a result from the gunshot wound.
Ortiz's media assistant, Leo Lopez, told ESPN's Enrique Rojas that Ortiz is stable but still in intensive care.
"Doctors say he is out of danger, but he is heavily sedated and will be in intensive care for the next 24 hours,"
"Big Papi will be around for a long time." Said an emotional Leo Ortiz in Spanish.
The suspected gunman was taken to the ground and detained on sight after the shooting of Ortiz. The local crowd of bystanders reportedly gave the man a proper beating, forcing authorities to send him to the hospital. Once the shooter was treated by staff, he was immediately released into police custody.
According to ESPN, “The gunman was identified as Eddy Feliz Garcia, 25, according to police spokesman Col. Frank Duran Mejia. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Garcia was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar. He suffered a cranium contusion and trauma to his thorax, left knee and right leg, according to the Dominican Republic's National Health Service. He was treated at the Dario Contreras Hospital in Santo Domingo and then released to police custody.”
Video surveillance cameras captured the horrifying footage inside the Dial night club...
Within the video you can clearly seeing the man walk within feet of Ortiz, pull his weapon, and fire shots into “Big Papi’s” back. If not for the shooters tremendously terrible aim, David Ortiz could have easily been shot dead.
Multiple reports have described Ortiz’s shooting as strictly as a robbery but the video may suggest otherwise. After watching the video multiple times you’re more likely to walk away with the feeling Ortiz may have been the specific target. Via the Daily Caller.
David “Big Papi” Ortiz is an absolute legend within MLB baseball community, a definite Hall of Famer, and moreover a person who is generally loved by everyone. Within the Dominican Republic it could be argued that he is actually the most famous person in the country...
Over Ortiz's MLB career, he collected three World Series Championships with the Boston Red Soxs, (2004, 2007 and 2013) helping Boston ultimately snap the famous Red Sox curse. The powerful hitter was a 10 time All-Star, seven time Silver Slugger and finished top 5 in MVP voting five different times. Ortiz was also rewarded the World Series MVP in 2013. Via ESPN.
Get well soon Big Papi!!!