Red Sox legend David Ortiz has organs removed after being shot; suspect in custody

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David Ortiz shot in Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — Doctors removed David Ortiz's gallbladder and part of his intestine after the beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger known as "Big Papi" was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic, a spokesman said Monday. Leo López said that the retired athlete's liver was also damaged and that he was in stable condition in intensive care. He said Ortiz will be flown to Boston once his condition improves.

Ortiz, 43, is one of the most popular figures in sports history in the Dominican Republic and Boston, a fearsome power hitter with a ready smile. He led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs.

Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where Ortiz was being treated, causing a traffic jam. In the U.S., fans prayed for his recovery.

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"He's a great friend to the city of Boston," Sheila Kieran said. New England Patriots star Julian Edelman joined the throngs of pro sports figures who took to social media to wish Ortiz well, assuring him on Instagram: "Papi, all of New England has your back."

Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo on Sunday night when a gunman approached from behind and shot him, said National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte.

In surveillance video, a motorcyclist can be seen approaching the group from behind, and shooting Ortiz in the back, CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports. Police say it was "nearly point-blank range."

Surveillance video shows David Ortiz being shot inside a bar in the Dominican Republic. CBS News

The gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, and police were waiting for him to undergo treatment for his injuries before questioning him, authorities said. Investigators said they were trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target.

Police confirmed to CBS News the gunman is in custody identified him as Eddy Feliz Garcia. They said they're looking for a second suspect.

Ortiz's father, Leo, told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.

"He is resting," the elder Ortiz said. "Big Papi will be around for a long time."

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Leo Ortiz, father of former Boston Red Sox star David (Big Papi) Ortiz, talks to the press outside the clinic where his son is being treated after being shot while in a club in Santo Domingo on June 9, 2019 Erika Santelices / AFP/Getty Images

The Red Sox said in a statement that Ortiz was wounded in the "lower back/abdominal region" and that the team offered his family "all available resources to aid in his recovery."

Two other people were wounded, including Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Police believe López was wounded by the same bullet, Bautista said.

López was shot in the leg, and his injuries were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.

Police did not identify the third person or detail that person's injuries.

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Family and friends of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz wait in the clinic where he and Dominican television presenter Joel Lopez were being treated after being shot while in a bar in the city of Santo Domingo on June 9, 2019. Erika Santelices / AFP/Getty Images

The bar is on Venezuela Avenue, a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and expensive bars that Ortiz is known to frequent.

Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season and lives at least part of the year in the Dominican Republic, is often seen getting his cars washed and hanging out with friends, including other baseball players, artists and entertainers.

The Red Sox retired his number, 34, in 2017, and Boston renamed a bridge and a stretch of road outside Fenway Park in his honor. He maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.

Ortiz galvanized the city after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that left three people dead, bellowing through a megaphone at Fenway Park: "This is our (expletive) city!"

First published on June 10, 2019 / 12:58 PM

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