What's come out about David Ortiz's shooting

According to The Washington Post, former Boston Red Sox star David "Big Papi" Ortiz was shot in the back in "an ambush-style attack" at near point-blank range in the Dominican Republic. The three-time World Series champion and ten-time All-Star suffered multiple internal injuries at his hometown's Dial Bar and Lounge at around 8.50 p.m on June 9, 2019 in Santo Domingo. Surveillance footage, provided by The Blast, shows the shooter jumping off the back of a motorcycle and opening fire as the 43-year-old slugger ate dinner.

Not only is Ortiz a former Red Sox player, he is a living legend and cultural icon in Boston. In addition to helping the team break its World Series' curse, Ortiz became a source of inspiration for his adopted city in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings with an emotional speech to the Fenway crowd: "This is our f*****g city, and nobody's going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong." In the wake of the shooting, former President Barack Obama had this to say: "One of my proudest moments as president was watching Boston respond after the marathon (attack) and when Ortiz went out and said, probably the only time that America didn't have a problem with cursing on live TV, when he talked about how strong Boston was and was not going to be intimidated."

We can all assume Ortiz won't be intimidated now either. Here's what's come out about David Ortiz's shooting.

The shooter was attacked by a crowd

ESPN reported that Dominican National Police spokesperson Col. Frank Duran Mejia identified the suspected gunman as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia. He was easily identified because he was captured and brutally beaten by the crowd in the area of the incident. Garcia reportedly suffered "a cranium contusion and trauma to his thorax, left knee and right leg" (WARNING: This is a graphic photo of Garcia's injuries and video of the attack). At the time of this writing, Garcia remains in police custody for further questioning. According to the New York Daily News, a second suspect is still at large.

It shouldn't come as a shock that bystanders attacked Garcia. "It's difficult to overstate how revered David Ortiz is in the Dominican Republic. Put it this way: He may well be the most beloved athlete in Boston sports history … and he's even bigger in the D.R. In the baseball-mad country, he may be held in higher regard than anyone," said ESPN'Jeff Passan.

The attack may have been a hit

Following initial reports that David Ortiz was a victim of a robbery attempt, authorities now believe the shooting was an orchestrated hit. Law enforcement is also trying to figure out if Ortiz was the intended target. "Police in the Dominican Republic are saying the gunshot wound suffered by David Ortiz was not from an attempted robbery, as initially speculated. Alleged video of the incident shows a man walking up to a bar, aiming almost point blank and firing a gun," tweeted ESPN's Jeff Passan.

"We're not ruling out any scenario. What we can rule out is that this wasn't a robbery," national police spokesperson Frank Felix Duran told CBS News. The gunman reportedly did not speak when firing the weapon. According to Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, a Dominican television host named Jhoel López was hit as well, reportedly by the same bullet. Ortiz was also reportedly out with Dominican singer Secreto. At the time of this writing, there's no official word about who the intended target was or what the motive may be. 

Surgery was successful, but he's not out of the woods

David Ortiz's media assistant, Leon Lopez, told ESPN that "the operation lasted six hours" and doctors "had to remove part of Ortiz's intestines and colon, as well as his gallbladder." The future Hall of Famer also suffered liver damage. "Doctors say he is out of danger, but he is heavily sedated and will be in intensive care for the next 24 hours," Lopez told ESPN. "Big Papi will be around for a long time.” Ortiz's father, Leo Ortiz, echoed that prognosis: "What they have told me post-op is that the doctors believe he will recover quickly." According to the Daily Mail, Ortiz told doctors: "Please don't let me die, I'm a good man," before being rushed into surgery at the Abel Gonzalez Clinic.

However, two Massachusetts trauma surgeons claim Ortiz's injuries could be life-threatening. "All gunshot wounds can be severe, especially gunshots to the abdomen," Dr. Peter A. Burke of Boston Medical Center told the Boston Globe. "A lot of organs were injured." Burke added: "The fact that he survived so far is good. The downstream consequences will take time to play out. He's made the first hurdle — he didn't die." Dr. Horacio M. Hojman, chief of trauma surgery at Tufts Medical Center, is reportedly concerned about the risk of infection caused by the damage to Ortiz's colon. "We will not know probably for a week or two which way things go," he said.

Well-wishes from around the world

The overwhelming support for David Ortiz is no surprise. Many legendary sports stars and political figures took to social media to offer their well-wishes and thoughts. "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," former U.S. President Barack Obama tweeted. 

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted:"Boston is thinking of you, @davidortiz, and wishing you a full and quick recovery. Get well soon."

"Thoughts and prayers to David Ortiz and his family. A man that defines the city of Boston. Get better Big Papi," former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi 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. Me siento tranquilo de saber que estás fuera de peligro, usted es fuerte Compai, ya quiero oírle la voz. Orando, nos vemos pronto," former teammate and Red Sox pitching legend Pedro Martinez tweeted. 

"Papi defines Boston Strong… get well soon my friend!!!" tweeted New England Patriots icon Tom Brady wrote.

Even Ortiz's former baseball rivals offered their support. "Anxiously waiting for more news. In the meantime, only prayers for @davidortiz, Tiffany and their family," former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez tweeted. "Prayers up for the King of Clutch! @davidortiz," added Atlanta Braves legend Chipper Jones.

Boston strong

Although David Ortiz retired in 2016, he remains an invaluable member of the Boston Red Sox family. When news of his shooting was made public, his former team promised to give his family "all available resources to aid in his recovery." The team kept its word. "Red Sox plane is about to land in the Dominican Republic. Medical authorities have authorized his transfer once the plane is ready for transport. 'His condition is stable enough to travel,' per Dr. Abel González," tweeted ESPN's Marly Rivera a day after the shooting. According to the New England Sports Network, Ortiz is being flown to Massachusetts General Hospital to receive further treatment.

"Please know that we are doing everything we can to support David and his family during this very difficult period. Our medical team here in Boston and the doctors in the Dominican Republic have confirmed David's condition is still serious but that he is stable enough to be transported back here to Boston for continued care," Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said at a press conference. "In coordination with our medical team, the club has arranged for a medical air ambulance to transport David to Boston from Santo Domingo. Our hope is that David will arrive here in Boston sometime later tonight. In respect for David's privacy, I don't have any additional details about his medical condition."

The Dominican Republic is getting a bad rep

The shooting of David Ortiz put the Dominican Republic in the news again for the wrong reasons. According to Time, five U.S. tourists have died in the favorite vacation spot since April 2019. Three of the deaths were due to health reasons. However, the U.S. State Department "issued a level two (out of four) safety warning for the Dominican Republic" and cautioned visitors and tourists to use caution due to "violent crime in the country, which include armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault."

The April 2019 death of a California businessman named Robert Bell Wallace after drinking from his Hard Rock Hotel & Casino room's minibar in Punta Cana has prompted an FBI investigation. "He was fine," Chloe Arnold, Wallace's niece, told Fox News. "He and his wife arrived there at around midnight on April 10. On April 11 he had scotch from the minibar. He started feeling very sick, he had blood in his urine and stool right afterward."

Authorities believe a drug lord was involved

According to the Daily Mail, authorities in the Dominican Republic allegedly believe a drug lord hired two cops to shoot David Ortiz because the dealer believed the baseball legend was having an affair with his wife. While "law enforcement sources confirmed the motive on Monday," Ortiz's camp "denied that the shooting had anything to do with a woman but said it was the act of 'hired' killers," reported the Daily Mail. "If we had known that there was a dangerous situation, he would not have been there at that moment,' the baseball star's rep, Leo Lopez, reportedly told Diario Libre (via the Daily Mail).

A spokesperson for the National Police in Santo Domingo said authorities are trying to keep what they know under wraps as the investigation continues. "Social media networks are speculating many things. We cannot give you more details," the spokesperson said.