Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Authorities Believe a Drug Lord Hired a Hitman to Murder David Ortiz

Authorities Believe a Drug Lord Hired a Hitman to Murder David Ortiz

"David arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital last night and underwent a successful second surgery", Ortiz's wife Tiffany said in a statement provided by the team.

A suspect in the shooting of former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was charged with "attempted homicide" and "criminal association" in connection to the violence in the Dominican Republic, a report said.

At a baseball game in Boston yesterday, a fan holds a sign sending thought and prayers to former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was shot on Sunday.

Eliezer Salvador, a witness who drove Ortiz to the hospital, said the gunman said nothing, and just fired once.

The motorcycle driver has been identified as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia, who was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, according to Dominican National Police director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte. The Red Sox retired his number the following year.

Police did not confirm the suspects' motive, but a rep for Ortiz, Leo Lopez, said, "There is not a single doubt that this was an act of hired killers".


Ortiz's father, Leo, told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son. He first underwent surgery at a hospital in the Dominican Republic, where "Big Papi" was born and raised.

Jhoel López, a TV host in the Dominican Republic, was speaking to Ortiz at the bar when the shooting broke out and was also injured, according to The Associated Press.

Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where he was being treated, causing a traffic jam. He led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star, and hit 541 home runs.

"We have offered David's family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts".

The Red Sox arranged for an air ambulance to transport Ortiz from the Dominican Republic to Boston.

Ortiz began his major league career by playing six seasons for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002), but his career blossomed after he joined the Red Sox. Ortiz maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston. "So far, so good", Cora said here at Fenway Park on Tuesday.

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