The latest on the shooting of Red Sox great David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic:
(This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available)
Reports out of the Dominican this morning indicate that David Ortiz remains in intensive care, but is still in stable condition after being wounded by a gunshot Sunday night in Santo Domingo.
ESPN is now reporting that Ortiz’s surgery lasted well into the overnight hours.
According to Leo López, who works as David Ortiz’s assistant and press representative, his last surgery ended at 3:30am and he’ll remain in intensive care for the next 24 hours. López said doctors had to remove Ortiz’s gallbladder and control bleeding from his liver and bowel.— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
Rivera went on to report that Ortiz is expected to stay in intensive care for at least the next 24 hours.
This is the last information we have on David Ortiz’s condition. He’s currently in intensive care, where he will remain for at least the next 24 hours. It’s worth noting that he’s reported to be in stable condition. We’ll update you after @Enrique_Rojas1 arrives at the clinic. https://t.co/bRUOQ9wrBb— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
“Big Papi will be around for a long time,” David Ortiz’s father told the Associated Press as his son recovers from a gunshot wound.
From the AP... Leo Ortiz, David's father:— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) June 10, 2019
""He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting. Big Papi will be around for a long time."
In a statement, the Red Sox say they are keeping David Ortiz and his family “in our hearts.”
Red Sox issue a statement on David Ortiz. pic.twitter.com/PhWBHKAKWj— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) June 10, 2019
David Ortiz’s agent confirmed the reports that his client is expected to be okay after Sunday night’s shooting at a bar in Santo Domingo.
David Ortiz’s agent, Fernando Cuza, confirmed Ortiz was shot, is in stable condition and is expected to be Ok.— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) June 10, 2019
The Red Sox have reportedly offered a private plane to transport Ortiz to the United States if he needs any additional medical treatment.
The Associated Press reports Ortiz was shot by a gunman who jumped off a motorcycle and fired at him from point blank range.
Citing Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, the AP said the suspect approached Ortiz from behind and shot him at a bar in Santo Domingo.
The alleged gunman was confronted and was beaten by a crowd of onlookers, according to Bautista. Police will be questioning him after he undergoes treatment for his injuries.
According to the AP, Bautista said two more people were injured in the shooting, including a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz at the time.
No motive has been determined and officials will work to determine if Ortiz was the intended target of the attack.
David Ortiz’s father says his son is expected to fully recover from his gunshot wound, according to Dionisio Soldevila.
Padre de David Ortiz dice que David ya esta en reposo, no hubo organos afectados y se espera recuperación total.— Dionisio Soldevila (@dSoldevila) June 10, 2019
Soldevila’s tweet also says Ortiz is already resting and none of his organs were affected by the bullet.
Ortiz was reportedly shot in the back and the bullet is said to have exited through his abdomen.
David Ortiz’s brother, Eloy, tells Dominican sports writer Dionisio Soldevila that Big Papi is out of surgery and is doing fine.
Dice hermano de David Ortiz que ya salio de cirugia y que esta bien.— Dionisio Soldevila (@dSoldevila) June 10, 2019
Dominican news channel CDN 37 reports that multiple people were arrested at the scene where Ortiz was shot.
Vocero PN dice varias personas fueron detenidas donde David Ortiz resultó herido https://t.co/M7goZmH9bf— CDN 37 (@CDN37) June 10, 2019
Police officials in the Dominican Republic are reportedly now saying that the shooting of Ortiz is not considered an attempted robbery, as initially reported.
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. https://t.co/lFSmXaylum— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 10, 2019
Dominican sports writer Dionisio Soldevila reports that Ortiz is still in surgery and will be for another hour, but is currently in stable condition:
Doctor Abel Gonzalez III dijo que aun operan a David Ortiz y falta una hora mas antes que termine cirugia. Dice esta estable— Dionisio Soldevila (@dSoldevila) June 10, 2019
Dominican news channel CDN 37 is reporting that one of Ortiz’s doctors says Big Papi is “out of danger.”
Uno de los médico que intervienen a David Ortiz acaba de informar que se encuentra fuera de peligro. pic.twitter.com/yAx3SgHt4C— CDN 37 (@CDN37) June 10, 2019
David Ortiz is reportedly in surgery after being shot in the lower back, according to Dominican sports writer Dionisio Soldevila:
I just spoke to @dSoldevila who is at the clinic where David Ortiz is currently being treated. Dionisio said me that the attending doctor told him that David was shot in the lower back and the bullet went through and through; he’s currently in surgery.— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
According to Soldevila, a police official in the Dominican says Ortiz is in stable condition:
Jefe de la policia dice que David Ortiz esta estable y pide no especular sobre movil— Dionisio Soldevila (@dSoldevila) June 10, 2019
Alex Speier of The Boston Globe also translated a tweet from Soldevila:
Red Sox great David Ortiz was reportedly shot in some type of incident in the Dominican Republic, according to reports from a number of media outlets in the island nation.
There is no information immediately available on Ortiz’s condition.
According to CDN 37, a Dominican news channel, Ortiz was shot in a section of Santo Domingo and was transported to a medical center. A suspect is reportedly in custody.
Hieren a David Ortiz en un confuso incidente en el Bar Vial de la Avenida Venezuela, Santo Domingo Este.— CDN 37 (@CDN37) June 10, 2019
El ex pelotero fue trasladado a un centro de salud, por el momento desconocido. pic.twitter.com/JJL1r6fbqg
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN, Ortiz’s father confirmed the shooting incident.
David Ortiz fue herido de bala en un centro de diversiones de Santo Doningo, informó su padre Leo Ortiz a ESPN Digital.— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) June 10, 2019
ESPN National Writer Marly Rivera added that the incident was an attempted burglary.
.@Enrique_Rojas1 spoke to David Ortiz's father after learning that he was shot in a burglary attempt in the DR: "They called me to tell me that David is injured and that they took him to a medical center, but they did not tell me how he is or exactly where he was transferred."— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com