Here’s what we know about the David Ortiz shooting
Retired Red Sox star David Ortiz flew back to Boston Monday night after he was shot at a bar in his native Dominican Republic late Sunday.
Ortiz was shot in the back shortly before 9 p.m. and was rushed to the hospital. He underwent surgery and was in stable condition Monday.
His father, Leo Ortiz, told reporters early Monday that his son was out of danger and was expected to make a full recovery.
Here’s what else we know about the shooting, the aftermath, and those involved:
• Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in the Dominican capital city of Santo Domingo, when a gunman who had gotten off a motorcycle approached from behind around 8:50 p.m. and shot him in the lower back from a close range, according to the Associated Press.
• Surveillance video posted on social media by a Dominican newspaper, El Nuevo Diario, appeared to show Ortiz collapse from the chair he was sitting in as people around him flee.
• Ortiz was taken to Santo Domingo’s Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery.
• Ortiz was hit by a bullet on his right side, and experienced limited blood loss, according to a person briefed by his medical team. But part of his colon was removed, and he also suffered injuries to his gall bladder and limited damage to his liver.
• The Red Sox arranged to get Ortiz back to Boston and be treated at Massachusetts General Hospital, officials said late Monday afternoon. Ortiz was transported by ambulance to the Las Américas International Airport early Monday evening, where he was put on a plane and flown back to Boston.
• The Red Sox, in a statement released earlier Monday, said they were offering the Ortiz family “all available resources to aid in his recovery.” Top Sox officials reiterated that sentiment Monday afternoon.
• In a video interview posted by CDN 37, a man at the scene of the shooting said the bullet entered Ortiz’s back and exited his stomach. Doctors in the Dominican Republic said Ortiz underwent surgery to repair his small intestine, large intestine, and liver, all of which were damaged by a single shot from a handgun.
• Police said the bullet that struck Ortiz also wounded the thigh of Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was with the retired Red Sox star at the bar. López’s injuries were not life-threatening, according to his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV personality.
• López, who hosts a late night Dominican show called “Me Gusta De Noche,” often posts on social media about spending time with Ortiz, who he has referred to as “mi hermano,” or “my brother.”
• Another unidentified person was wounded in Sunday’s shooting, according to police, but they would not detail that person’s injuries.
• Police identified one shooting suspect as Eddy Vladimir Féliz García and said a second suspect fled the scene after the attack. The second man remains at large.
• García was attacked by a crowd of people at the bar, according to police, and authorities had said earlier Monday that they were waiting to question him about the incident until he underwent treatment for his injuries. He remained in police custody later Monday. It wasn’t immediately clear what charges he would face. Police said García has a prior drug possession arrest on his record.
• The news of Ortiz’s shooting prompted an outpouring of support from former teammates and former opponents alike. Barack Obama brought up how Ortiz helped Boston heal after the Marathon bombing, and Tom Brady said Ortiz “defines Boston strong.” Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez posted an undated photo of himself hugging Ortiz and wrote that he was “at peace knowing you [sic] out of danger,” while former Yankee Alex Rodriguez tweeted that he was “anxiously waiting for more news.”
• The Dial Bar and Lounge sits amid a busy nightlife district on Venezuela Avenue in eastern Santo Domingo, according to the AP, and Ortiz was known for spending time at the area’s dance clubs and pricy bars. Ortiz, who lives in Miami with his wife, Tiffany, and two of their three children, also spends part of the year at the home he owns in the Dominican.
• Yajaira Blanco, a Dial spokeswoman, said via telephone that Ortiz is a frequent guest of the establishment, and that he was “drinking and having a good time” before the shooting. He was with a singer named Secreto at the time of the attack, Blanco said.
• Police did not identify a motive in the shooting and Leo Ortiz told reporters he did not know why his son was shot. Authorities are trying to determine if Ortiz was the target of the ambush and although early reports indicated the ambush may have been an attempted robbery, police have not confirmed that.