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


"The statement continued", 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 incredible staff at Massachusetts General Hospital".

The 10-time All-Star underwent another surgery on Monday and is now recovering in the ICU, where he'll remain for several days.

Former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek becomes emotional talking about David Ortiz and is very complimentary of his former teammate. Ortiz's father, Leo, told local media he had no idea why someone would have shot his son.

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz is reportedly expected to make a "total recovery" after suffering a gunshot wound while at a club in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz remains in intensive care and will be closely monitored for the next 24 to 48 hours.

"Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredible hard time", her statement reads.

He had helped rally the city after the Boston Marathon bombings that year, giving a speech at Fenway Park, telling the crowd to stay "Boston strong".

He arrived late Monday night, then underwent exploratory surgery at Mass. One of the men shot a single bullet into Ortiz as the patrons ran for cover.

Lopez said early Monday that doctors had removed Ortiz's gallbladder, part of his intestines and his colon.

Security camera footage acquired by ABC News shows the gunman coming up behind Ortiz and opening fire at close range.

CDN 37, a news station in the Dominican Republic, reported that Eddy Feliz Garcia, 23, was arrested on suspicion of shooting Ortiz.

Jhoel Lopez, a Dominican television host, was shot in the leg, and his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Police said Ortiz was shot at almost point-blank range by a man identified as Eddy Feliz Garcia, 25.

Dominican National Police spokesman Felix Duran Mejia said the incident occurred at the Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo.

Police are searching for a second suspect.

Garcia apparently tried to flee the nightclub after the shooting, but onlookers immediately stopped and attacked him before he was turned over to police and taken to a hospital for treatment. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, the director of the Dominican National Police, said a group of people at the bar surrounded the suspect and beat him before police arrived, per ESPN.