Red Sox Legend David Ortiz's Shooting Was Allegedly Act of Hired Killers
Baseball legend David “Big Papi” Ortiz’s shooting in the Dominican Republic was reportedly carried out by hired killers. The update surfaces even as Ortiz has been airlifted to the United States for extensive medical attention.
Tragedy struck on Sunday in Ortiz’s hometown of Santo Domingo when he was shot and injured at a bar. The police quickly dismissed suggestions that it was an armed robbery attack and a suspect was taken into custody, but new developments have now emerged in the puzzling case.
According to Daily Mail, the 43-year-old slugger’s representative, Leo Lopez, chalked up the attack to the handwork of hired killers.
“There is no doubt that it was an act of hired killers. If we had known that there was a dangerous situation, he [David Ortiz] would not have been there at that moment.”
Lopez was responding to debunk claims that Ortiz was shot by two cops hired by a Dominican Republic drug lord who believed the famed athlete was having an affair with his wife, the outlet reported.
On reports crooked cops were hired by drug lord to kill David Ortiz:— OMF (@OMFonWEEI) June 11, 2019
"They have rejected that theory that the shooter is a police officer. I think they know who it is but they are not saying it publicly, not to interfere with the investigation"
--Dionisio Soldevila (@dSoldevila)
Ortiz was rushed to the Abel Gonzalez clinic on Sunday after getting shot in the back at the Dial Bar and Lounge around 8:50 pm on Sunday, we reported earlier. The bullet came out through Ortiz’s stomach.
Surveillance footage obtained by several outlets shows the shooter getting off a motorcycle and aiming at Ortiz who was dining with Dominican TV presenter Jhoel Lopez. Lopez was also shot in the leg, and the police authorities believe he was struck in the leg by the same bullet that hit Ortiz.
If you want to understand what David Ortiz truly means to people, an emotional Pedro Martinez sums it up perfectly. pic.twitter.com/L6YebHr7Jz— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 11, 2019
FIRST MEDICAL ATTENTION
The MVP immediately went into surgery after telling doctors: “Please don't let me die; I'm a good man.” Following the procedure, Leo Lopez confirmed that Ortiz was stable but remained in intensive care.
"What they have told me post-op is that the doctors believe he will recover quickly,” the Boston Red Sox legend’s father, Leo Ortiz, added. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”
The @RedSox today issued a statement on behalf of Tiffany Ortiz, David Ortiz's wife. She said #BigPapi "is stable, awake, and resting comfortably" in the ICU at MGH after a successful 2nd surgery. https://t.co/wSt54w9yGz @davidortiz #DavidOrtiz #BigPapiStrong pic.twitter.com/BbiMpRyJLc— Boston 25 News (@boston25) June 11, 2019
BIG PAPI'S INJURIES
According to ABC News, Dr. Abel Gonzalez, on Monday afternoon, updated reporters on the significant injuries sustained by Ortiz:
"The wound caused damage to the liver [and] small intestine. We had to remove part of the intestines as well as [part of] the liver.”
Around the same time, the Red Sox sent in a medical air ambulance to transport Ortiz back to Boston for treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital. He arrived around 9:30 pm on Monday.
Right Now: The ambulance gets a State Police escort to the tarmac. The private plane bringing back David Ortiz is expected to land shortly.. then he will be whisked to Mass General for treatment. #WCVB pic.twitter.com/780WKombIm— Mary Saladna (@MaryWCVB) June 11, 2019
Meanwhile, 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia who was initially thought to be the suspected gunman, was just the motorcycle rider, reported Daily Mail. The alleged shooter, who is yet to be named, is also said to be in custody.
Since news broke of Ortiz’s shooting, well-wishers and colleagues of the baseball legend, including former president Barack Obama, have trooped to social media with prayers and words of support.
#BREAKING: Office of the Attorney General in the Dominican Republic tells me Eddy Feliz Garcia, suspect connected to the shooting of David Ortiz, will make his first court appearance this afternoon.— Anaridis Rodriguez (@Anaridis) June 11, 2019
We’re live at MGH with more on that & Ortiz’s condition on @wbz starting at 5PM.
CONDOLENCES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Pedro Martinez, fellow Dominican native and former Red Sox player, shared an endearing photo with Ortiz and tweeted:
“I’m at peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.”
Six years ago, David Ortiz's spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing. Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own. Get well soon, Papi. pic.twitter.com/9orpBgnVI5— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 10, 2019
I’m at peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) June 10, 2019
Me siento tranquilo de saber que estás fuera de peligro, usted es fuerte Compai, ya quiero oírle la voz. Orando, nos vemos pronto pic.twitter.com/jdSnNsM7eI
“Anxiously waiting for more news,” added retired Yankees player, Alex Rodriguez. “In the meantime, only prayers for @davidortiz, Tiffany, and their family.”
Ortiz is married to Tiffany, with whom he shares three children. The iconic baseball star splits his time between Miami, where his family resides, and his native Dominican Republic.
How can you not love David Ortiz? HOW? pic.twitter.com/MmhaWyNFMX— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 11, 2019
Ortiz ended his impressive 20-season career in 2016 after making 10 All-Star appearances and leading the Red Sox to many victories.
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