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Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
« on: June 09, 2019, 09:39:32 PM »
Former Boston Red Sox slugger and Dominican star David Ortiz is out of surgery and doing "fine," according to his family, after he was shot at a club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Ortiz's media assistant, Leo Lopez, told ESPN's Enrique Rojas that Ortiz is stable but still in intensive care.

"Doctors say he is out of danger, but he is heavily sedated and will be in intensive care for the next 24 hours," Lopez said.



https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26937958/red-sox-legend-ortiz-stable-shooting-dr
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Just saw this. Hopefully he'll recover fully.
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Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2019, 12:58:09 AM »
Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR

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Former Boston Red Sox slugger and Dominican star David Ortiz is out of surgery and doing "fine," according to his family, after being shot at a club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The bullet did not hit any major organ, Ortiz's father, Leo, told local reporters. Ortiz is currently resting and is expected to make a full recovery.

Authorities say Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at nearly point-blank range around 8:50 p.m. local time Sunday at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo.

Ortiz, 43, was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, police said.

According to Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, the gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar. Bautista said police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment before questioning him.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said. Leo Ortiz told local media he has no idea why someone would have shot at his son.

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

Lopez 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.

Dionisio Soldevila, a reporter from the Dominican who hosts a radio show with ESPN's Enrique Rojas, told ESPN he spoke with the doctor who first treated Ortiz and was told Ortiz was shot in the lower back and that the bullet went through his body. According to Soldevila, Ortiz told his doctors, "Please don't let me die. I'm a good man."

The Dial Bar and Lounge is located in eastern Santo Domingo on Venezuela Avenue, a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and pricey bars that Ortiz is known to frequent. Ortiz, who lives at least part of the year in the Dominican, is often seen getting his cars washed and hanging out with friends including other baseball players, artists and entertainers.

Hall of Fame pitcher and fellow Dominican Pedro Martinez was among several current and former baseball players to send out tweets in support of Ortiz.


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Ortiz, who was born in Santo Domingo, played major league baseball for 20 seasons and was best known for the 14 years he spent with Boston.

The Red Sox issued a statement late Sunday night that said in part, "We have offered David's family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts."

Ortiz made 10 All-Star teams and won three World Series with the Red Sox before retiring in 2016. He was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox knock off the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26937958/red-sox-legend-ortiz-stable-shooting-dr

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Re: Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2019, 05:16:46 AM »
I sincerely hope Papi has a speedy recovery.  Really don't know what's going on in the Dominican, as four Americans tourists have been victims of some treatment in bars.  They didn't make it back.  My son and his wife were down there two years ago.

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Re: Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2019, 08:01:32 AM »
The DR has always been a rough place.  Americans see the tourist spots but you'd be advised not to leave them.  Interesting how the crowd "beat the gunman".

This story was a shocker though.  My daughter had texted me as soon as the news broke.  Initial reports had him shot in the leg but now they say back.  This could have been a lot worse.  Also likely could have ended a playing career if this happened a few years ago. 

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Re: Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2019, 09:02:38 AM »
Hard to know what to believe at this point. A new article in the Globe says he was shot in the lower back and suffered organ damage, which is counter to what his father had said earlier.

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Doctors who treated retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz after he was shot Sunday night in Santo Domingo had to remove part of his intestines, colon, gall bladder, and liver, according to published reports.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/06/10/oritz-may-have-suffered-organ-damage-from-bullet-during-ambush-bar-santo-domingo/GCGSOFsvaBIvcouVU58M0H/story.html
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Re: Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2019, 09:41:37 AM »
CRAZY world out there, and yes, America is not immune to it !!!   Hope David recovers 110% and returns home soon …….  J. Henry should send the RED SOX plane for him …...

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Re: Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2019, 10:36:10 AM »
Hard to know what to believe at this point. A new article in the Globe says he was shot in the lower back and suffered organ damage, which is counter to what his father had said earlier.

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Doctors who treated retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz after he was shot Sunday night in Santo Domingo had to remove part of his intestines, colon, gall bladder, and liver, according to published reports.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/06/10/oritz-may-have-suffered-organ-damage-from-bullet-during-ambush-bar-santo-domingo/GCGSOFsvaBIvcouVU58M0H/story.html

ESPN has the same details and they appear to be from Ortiz's media guy.  I'd still like to hear some sort of "official" statement because there are two many people with the same names being quoted - two Leo's, two Lopez's.  There may be some media fog yet on this one.

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Re: Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2019, 07:10:56 PM »
CRAZY world out there, and yes, America is not immune to it !!!   Hope David recovers 110% and returns home soon …….  J. Henry should send the RED SOX plane for him …...

He did just that.
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Re: Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
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David Ortiz at MGH after being flown to Boston
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2019, 05:55:36 AM »
David Ortiz at MGH after being flown to Boston

Bob Hohler, Maria Cramer and Aimee Ortiz Globe Staff,


By Bob Hohler, Maria Cramer and Aimee Ortiz

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Red Sox legend David Ortiz, badly wounded in a close-range shooting here Sunday, was flown to Boston on a team-chartered aircraft Monday night for specialized care at Massachusetts General Hospital, as authorities searched for a motive and any other possible suspects in the brazen attack.

Shot in the back in an ambush at a popular night spot in his native Santo Domingo, Ortiz apparently feared the worst after a fellow patron rushed him in his personal car to an emergency room.

“Please don’t let me die,’’ Ortiz, 43, reportedly told a member of the hospital trauma team. “I’m a good man.’’

Doctors in the Dominican Republic said Ortiz underwent surgery to repair his small intestine, large intestine, and liver, all of which were damaged by a single shot from a handgun. One suspect was in custody Monday evening.

The doctors said the surgery had been successful and that Ortiz was in good spirits.

Earlier, Sox chief executive Sam Kennedy said Ortiz’s condition “is still serious but he is stable enough to be transported back here to Boston.”

Ramon Carmona, a longtime friend of Ortiz’s, was at his hospital bedside in Santo Domingo just before Ortiz was taken to the airport.

“We all thought he wasn’t going to make it,” Carmona told the Globe, with tears in his eyes recalling how frail he looked.

Ortiz, who retired from baseball in 2016, was on a four-day trip to see friends and family, including his son D’Angelo, Carmona said.

The days ahead may provide answers to many critical questions, from the nature of Ortiz’s recovery to why a national hero found himself fired upon as if he were the target of a gangland hit.

Trauma surgeons in Boston said Ortiz’s condition may remain precarious.

“The fact that he survived so far is good,” said Dr. Peter A. Burke, chief of acute care and trauma surgery at Boston Medical Center. “The downstream consequences will take time to play out. He’s made the first hurdle — he didn’t die.”

Dominican Republic National Police arrested Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, 25.
Dominican Republic National Police arrested Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, 25.(OBTAINED BY ABC NEWS)
As Ortiz returned to Boston, and police in the Dominican Republic said the gun attack was not part of a robbery attempt, speculation swirled on possible motives for the ambush, including questions of why Ortiz had been singled out in such a public place, whether this was an attempted murder for hire, and whether there was anyone else involved.

One Dominican police spokesman told reporters that the shooter’s intended target might have been a singer named Secreto, a friend of Ortiz who was also at the bar, but there wasn’t any public evidence that this was the case.

Late Monday afternoon, Ortiz rode by ambulance to the Santo Domingo airport, where he was lifted on board for the four-hour flight to Logan International Airport. He was headed to Massachusetts General Hospital, one of several medical facilities in the United States and Dominican Republic that have received millions of dollars to help critically ill children donated through the David Ortiz Children’s Fund.

Ortiz, who retired from baseball in 2016, was on a four-day trip to see friends and family, including his son D’Angelo, Carmona said.

The days ahead may provide answers to many critical questions, from the nature of Ortiz’s recovery to why a national hero found himself fired upon as if he were the target of a gangland hit.

Trauma surgeons in Boston said Ortiz’s condition may remain precarious.

“The fact that he survived so far is good,” said Dr. Peter A. Burke, chief of acute care and trauma surgery at Boston Medical Center. “The downstream consequences will take time to play out. He’s made the first hurdle — he didn’t die.”

Dominican Republic National Police arrested Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, 25.
Dominican Republic National Police arrested Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, 25.(OBTAINED BY ABC NEWS)
As Ortiz returned to Boston, and police in the Dominican Republic said the gun attack was not part of a robbery attempt, speculation swirled on possible motives for the ambush, including questions of why Ortiz had been singled out in such a public place, whether this was an attempted murder for hire, and whether there was anyone else involved.

One Dominican police spokesman told reporters that the shooter’s intended target might have been a singer named Secreto, a friend of Ortiz who was also at the bar, but there wasn’t any public evidence that this was the case.

Late Monday afternoon, Ortiz rode by ambulance to the Santo Domingo airport, where he was lifted on board for the four-hour flight to Logan International Airport. He was headed to Massachusetts General Hospital, one of several medical facilities in the United States and Dominican Republic that have received millions of dollars to help critically ill children donated through the David Ortiz Children’s Fund.

Police identified the suspect as Eddy Vladimir Féliz Garcia, who they said has a history of drug possession.

“Some wanted to kill him, but several people prevented that so he will talk about why he did that,’’ a witness told the Dominican paper Listin Diario.

The other suspect, the alleged shooter, escaped on foot and by last night had yet to be captured. Police recovered the motorcycle.

A patron at the bar, Eliezer Salvador, said he was the one who rushed Ortiz to the hospital. Salvador described himself as a regular at the bar, along with many others, including celebrities. He said Ortiz arrived about 7 p.m., nearly two hours before the shooting.

Salvador said he heard the gunshot. Then “there was a lot of smoke,’’ he said.

When he saw Ortiz lying on the ground, Salvador said, he propped him up the way baseball players do when they’re injured.

“Let’s go,” he told Ortiz, and helped to put the baseball star in the backseat of his car.

But there was a problem. Salvador’s vehicle was trapped between two parked cars, so he rammed them both, rocking forward and back, until he made room to drive.

Salvador said Ortiz was conscious and talking during the entire six- to seven-minute ride to the Centro de Medicina Avanzada Dr. Abel González — where he asked to be taken. Salvador said he drove at speeds of up to 120 miles-per-hour. By the time they arrived, Ortiz was starting to weaken, but he was still talking, Salvador said.

But there was a problem. Salvador’s vehicle was trapped between two parked cars, so he rammed them both, rocking forward and back, until he made room to drive.

Salvador said Ortiz was conscious and talking during the entire six- to seven-minute ride to the Centro de Medicina Avanzada Dr. Abel González — where he asked to be taken. Salvador said he drove at speeds of up to 120 miles-per-hour. By the time they arrived, Ortiz was starting to weaken, but he was still talking, Salvador said.

En route, Salvador said, neither he nor Ortiz could figure out why the baseball star was shot. He also said Ortiz worried that he had been shot twice.

“I opened his shirt and said, ‘Look, it was just once, it came out, it was a clean shot, you’re going to be fine, you’re not going to die,’ ” Salvador recalled telling Ortiz.

Ortiz, according to Salvador, never cried out in pain or feared for his life during the ride. At the hospital, Salvador made sure to take special care of Ortiz’s diamond-encrusted jewelry as well as his blood-soaked clothing. He said he returned Ortiz’s personal belongings to Leo Ortiz, the former Sox star’s father.

According to Salvador, there were at least two uniformed, armed policemen near the bar at the time of the shooting, but neither reacted to the crime.

“They were just on the radio, communicating with someone, I don’t know who, but you should be able to see it on video,” he said.

The bar’s proprietors posted a statement Monday on Instagram, saying they were “deeply sorry’’ about the shooting and its effect on “part of our family,’’ citing Ortiz and Lopez.

“Thanks to God, they’re both out of danger,’’ their statement said.

Since the bar opened in 2011, “it has never been the object or place of violence or dangers of any kind,’’ the proprietors said.

The government ordered the bar temporarily closed on Monday.

Gun violence is not uncommon in the Dominican Republic. A study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the United States and Dominican Republic experienced the same rate of gun deaths in 2016, 10.6 per 100,000 residents.

Baseball stars are generally revered in the Dominican, however. Ortiz seemed as comfortable circulating in public in his native land as he has been in Boston, where he often socialized at popular night spots without personal security or entourages.

In Boston, Ortiz often arrived at clubs or restaurants with his friends or his wife, usually in his white Bentley, rarely with a security detail. He was widely beloved by those he encountered, from the rich and famous to parking valets.

Prince Smith, a former security manager at the Liberty Hotel, recalled Ortiz acting like a regular guy, despite his fame — and his wealth. When the night ended, Smith said, Ortiz invariably reached into the trunk of his Bentley and handed out $100 bills to employees, usually more than one bill per person.

“When I heard he got shot, I almost went to tears,’’ said Smith, now the security supervisor for the Boston Athenaeum. “David has always been here for this city. Now we’re all behind him.”

In recovery after hours of surgery, Carmona said Ortiz reassured his loved ones that he would be in good hands in Boston.

“It’s OK, I’m going to my second home,” he said. “They’re going to make me ready.”

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Re: Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2019, 07:54:53 AM »
So grateful that they got him OUT OF THERE and back to MASS GENERAL...…  We all think of DAVID'S strength as a PERSON & envision him back in FULL STRIDE SOOOOON, howevaa, this will be a long recovery & he will never be the same.....Thoughts are with DAVID & FAMILY !!  Thank you RED SOX for all you do !!!! thumb_u thumb_u

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Re: Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2019, 08:21:47 AM »
Re: Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR

AP

Former Red Sox star David Ortiz took his first steps Tuesday following a second surgery after he was shot in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday.

Ortiz, 43, arrived in Boston on Monday night for the surgery and is in stable condition, his wife, Tiffany, said in a statement sent through the team Tuesday.

Ortiz has been alert, has spoken to his family and "even flashed that smile," his media assistant, Leo Lopez, told ESPN. The second surgery lasted until about 1 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Lopez said, without specifying any details. Ortiz remains in intensive care and will be closely monitored for the next 24 to 48 hours.

"On behalf of me and my family, I want to thank John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and the Boston Red Sox for all that they are doing for David and our family, as well as Dr. Larry Ronan and the amazing staff at Massachusetts General Hospital," Tiffany Ortiz said. "Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredibly difficult time. We ask for privacy as David works towards recovery."

Ortiz was shot at a club Sunday in Santo Domingo and underwent emergency surgery to repair damage done by the bullet to both his intestines and his liver. He was stabilized and then flown to Boston and taken by ambulance, with police escort, to Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Authorities said Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at nearly point-blank range around 8:50 p.m. local time at the Dial Bar and Lounge.

Police have two people in custody, the suspected shooter and the suspected driver of the motorcycle, a source close to the investigation told ESPN Deportes. A spokeswoman for the national prosecutor's office confirmed to reporters via WhatsApp that a second arrest had been made but declined to provide further details.

The motorcycle driver has been identified as Eddy Feliz Garcia, who on Tuesday evening was charged with attempted homicide and criminal association, according to his lawyer, Bunel Ramirez Meran. The lawyer told reporters that Garcia is innocent and did not shoot Ortiz.

Garcia was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar after Sunday's shooting, according to Dominican National Police director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte.

Garcia suffered a cranium contusion and trauma to his thorax, left knee and right leg, according to the Dominican Republic's National Health Service. He was treated at the Dario Contreras Hospital in Santo Domingo before being released to police custody.

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspected gunman.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said. Ortiz's father, Leo, told local media he had no idea why someone would have shot his son.

Ortiz, who was born in Santo Domingo, played major league baseball for 20 seasons and is best known for the 14 years he spent with Boston.

Eight of those seasons were spent under current Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona. On Tuesday, Francona said he spoke with one of the doctors who is treating Ortiz in Boston and said the retired slugger is "in great hands."

"[Ortiz] is a very special person, not just to me, but to a lot of people," Francona, who managed Ortiz from 2004 to 2011, said. The veteran manager added that Ortiz "could light up a room" with his personality but also worked hard at his craft and was a team leader.

Ortiz made 10 All-Star teams and won three World Series with the Red Sox before retiring in 2016. He was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox defeat the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Red Sox retired Ortiz's No. 34 in 2017, and Boston renamed a bridge and a stretch of road outside Fenway Park in his honor. Ortiz maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.

Information from ESPN's Marly Rivera and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Re: Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2019, 05:40:29 PM »
Holy crap, looks like Ortiz was targeted.  :o

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Re: Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2019, 06:44:42 PM »
ESPN was just saying 6 in custody and looking for one more.