Former Red Sox star David Ortiz shot in Dominican

Larry Hoffman
June 13, 2019

It wasn't known whether the second person was the shooter police were looking for.

A second suspect has been arrested in the investigation into the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Eddy Féliz García, 25, one of the suspects, was restrained by bystanders at the scene and beaten before being arrested.

Ortiz since has undergone surgeries and was flown back to Boston where he arrived late Monday night.

"David Ortiz is probably the most beloved and one of the most important players in our history, leading us to multiple World Series championships, and an active member in the community", said Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy during a news conference on Monday.

Ortiz was shot at a club Sunday in his native Dominican Republic and underwent emergency surgery.

The surgery took about six hours to complete and finished at about 3:30 a.m. on May 10.

Red Sox spokeman Kevin Gregg told MassLive the team was not aware of the incident upon being initially contacted.

His father added: "Big Papi will be around for a long time".

Francona recalled a season when Ortiz was dealing with a wrist injury, which led to a reduction in playing time. Ortiz, 43, was expected to remain in the intensive care unit at the hospital for the next few days, she said.

Ortiz has received an outpouring of support - both in Boston and across the sporting world - since the shooting. The bullet is believed to have hit Ortiz in his lower back and passed through his body.

"We are lucky to have incredible journalists that we have collaborated with for many, many years in the Dominican Republic, in particular Dionisio Soldevila [a sports editor with Periodico Hoy, a newspaper in the Dominican Republic] and Ortiz's friend and business assistant, Leo López". He suffered a cranium contusion and trauma to his thorax, left knee and right leg, according to the Dominican Republic's National Health Service (h/t ESPN).

Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where Ortiz was being treated, causing a traffic jam.

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