Eliezar Salvador, who was at Dial Bar and Lounge at the time of the shooting, saw Ortiz on the ground and rushed to help him. He suffered damage to his liver and intestines, and underwent a six-hour, emergency surgery at a Dominican hospital before being transferred to Mass General Monday night.
Ortiz was shot at a club Sunday in Santo Domingo and underwent emergency surgery to fix damage done by the bullet to both his intestines and his liver. He is expected to make a full recovery. Asked about Ortiz's qualify of life going forward, Gonzalez replied, "When he overcomes this, the same as before".
David Ortiz, shown in July 2018, has undergone more surgery at a Boston hospital after being shot in the Dominican Republic.
According to ESPN Deportes, police have the suspected gunman and the suspected driver of the motorcycle in custody. But officially, police have acknowledged the arrest of only one suspect.
Police said Ortiz was shot at almost point-blank range by a man identified as Eddy Feliz Garcia, 25.
Others at the club allegedly beat and detained Garcia, who the Dominican Republic's National Health Service confirmed to have cranial contusion, thorax trauma, and injuries to his left knee and right leg.
Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where Ortiz was being treated, causing a traffic jam. "He is a superhero without a cape", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Monday. Earlier Monday, police spokesman Col. Investigators said they were trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target.
Prior to the start of the Red Sox game, a moment of reflection was held for Ortiz, a 10-time All-Star and a member of three Red Sox World Series championship teams.
"We all remember in 2013, when we needed David Ortiz the most, he was there for us in late April. That collaboration with Dominican journalists, and well as Enrique's close relationship with David's father, Leo Ortiz, has been essential to our reporting".
The Red Sox offered "all available resources" and sent an air ambulance to bring him back to Boston. Ortiz maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.
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