UPDATE (11:30 p.m. ET): The man identified in initial reports as David Ortiz’s alleged shooter, Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, actually was the would-be getaway driver, according to The Boston Globe.
“Police said the shooter hopped on a motorcycle with a second suspect, but as they tried to flee they lost control of the bike and crashed a short distance away,” the Globe reports. “A small mob of angry onlookers, apparently aware Ortiz had been shot, caught one of the suspects (identified as Garcia) and pummeled him until he was bloodied and cowering. They held him until the police came. …
“The other suspect, the alleged shooter, escaped on foot and by (Sunday) night had yet to be captured. Police recovered the motorcycle.”
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Police in the Dominican Republic have identified the man they say shot David Ortiz on Sunday night in the Boston Red Sox legend’s native country.
According to police spokesperson Frank Duran Mejia, 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia is responsible for the attack, per ESPN. Authorities claim Garcia shot Ortiz in the back at the Dial Bar Lounge in Santo Domingo shortly before 9 p.m. local time.
Garcia reportedly sustained multiple injuries after the incident.
“Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Garcia was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar,” ESPN News Services writes. “He suffered a cranium contusion and trauma to his thorax, left knee and right leg, according to the Dominican Republic’s National Health Service. He was treated at the Dario Contreras Hospital in Santo Domingo and then released to police custody.”
Ortiz was taken to Clinica Abel Gonzalez, where he underwent surgery and currently is recovering. ESPN’s Enrique Rojas reports Ortiz is stable but still in intensive care.
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