(Santo Domingo, DR) – As family, friends and fans pray for his full recovery, reportedly David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz is still in guarded condition at a hospital in Boston.
The Sox great and three-time World Series Champion was shot in the back at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. And authorities say it was an organized hit involving about a dozen people.
Reportedly, ten people were in on the attack including 31-year old Luis Alfredro Rivas-Clase who is also wanted for an attempted homicide in Pennsylvania. The suspects in custody include the alleged gunman, Rolfi Ferreira, and Eddy Vladimir Féliz García, not believed to be a relation of the model, who supposedly drove him to the bar on a motorcycle and was beaten severely as he tried to get away.
Police say a bounty of nearly eight-thousand dollars was placed on Ortiz who was stalked by a number of people in on the hit. Authorities haven’t said who ordered the shooting or why he was targeted but rumors are circulating that it might have something to do with a woman named Maria Yaribell Martinez Garcia.
While Alex Redetsky, a U.S. based agent for Ortiz declined to comment one way or the other about Maria Garcia. Garcia is declining any involvement with Ortiz or the drug dealer who is believed to have ordered the hit.
But while she denies having a relationship with Ortiz, Garcia was filmed fighting at the hospital the night Big Papi was shot. And there’s paperwork and a photo of a check circulating on the internet that shows David Ortiz purchased an $85 thousand dollar Lexus for Maria Garcia and put it in her name.
According to the date on the documents, the car agreement was made a couple of days before Big Papi was shot but the check is dated the day after a bullet went through his back and exited through his stomach purchased the day before Big Papi was shot.
Big Papi was shot Sunday, June 9th.
Ortiz suffered injuries to his liver, large intestine, small intestine and the membrane that holds the intestines in place. His gall bladder was also removed. But the bullet did not fragment and apparently missed his aorta and his inferior vena cava, large blood vessels in the same area.
Lynne McCullough, medical director of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Emergency Department, who did not work on the case said Ortiz was beyond lucky. “It wasn’t his time.”