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Ortiz may have suffered organ damage from shooting

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 6/10/2019 Travis Andersen

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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.

The outlet Diaro Libre, citing a representative for Ortiz, provided the details on the life-saving measures taken by doctors at the Abel Gonzalez clinic.

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Another outlet, El Nuevo Diario, identified a suspect in the shooting as Eddy Feliz García. A Facebook account attributed to the suspect shows him wearing what appears to be a camouflage bulletproof vest and holding an aluminum baseball bat.

No posts have been made on the timeline of that account since early 2011. One post in Spanish translates roughly into “so that I fall in love if in the end I marry death only I enjoy it to the fullest.”

A spokesman for the Dominican National Police told CNN that multiple people have been detained in connection with the shooting, which quickly reverberated around the sports world and prompted messages of support from a number of current and former athletes.

The Dominican Health Service said one of the suspects is being treated at a local hospital, CNN reported.

Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge when a gunman who had gotten off a motorcycle approached from behind around 8:50 p.m. and shot him in the lower back from a close range, according to the Associated Press.

Surveillance video posted on social media by El Nuevo Diario appeared to show Ortiz collapse from the chair he was sitting in as people around him fled.

Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, told reporters early Monday that his son was expected to make a complete recovery and that no damage was done to of his major arteries or organs.

A photo of David Ortiz resting in a hospital bed, apparently after surgery, has surfaced on social media. One woman who posted the photo wrote in Spanish, “Out of danger thank God!”

Peter Bailey-Wells of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe. Maria Cramer can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @GlobeMCramer.


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