By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Boston Red Sox legend David Ortíz was shot during an attempted robbery in the Dominican Republic. Ortíz has been hospitalized with his gunshot wound.
He was at Dial Discotheque when the shooting happened in Santo Domingo.
Initial reports said that Ortíz was shot during a robbery. However, now those early reports are not true, as the authorities are no longer calling it a robbery.
They are not releasing a motive for the shooting at this time.
Initial reports also indicated that he was shot in the leg, according to CDN37 TV. However, local reporter Dionisio Soldevila is reporting that Ortíz was shot in the left side of his back with the bullet exiting through his abdomen.
Soldevila is also reporting that Ortíz is in surgery. Ortíz is in stable condition.
“He’s doing better. He’s improving,” Director of the Dominican Republic National Police Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte told reporters at the hospital.
According to Felix Durán Mejia, a spokesman for the Dominican National police, Ortíz was shot by a motorcyclist, who allegedly approached the baseball great directly, according to CNN.
Mejia says it’s unclear if the motorcyclist was in custody. He said that the suspect was attacked by witnesses following the shooting of Ortíz.
However, Soldevila is reporting that a male named Eddy Feliz Garcia, is in custody.
The 43-year-old Santo Domingo native spent the first six years of his career with the Minnesota Twins. He spent the final 14 years with the Boston Red Sox, where he became a legend in baseball.
He is a 10-time All-Star and a seven-time Silver Slugger. Ortíz won three World Series with the Red Sox, including being named World Series MVP once.
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