Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Doctors removed David Ortiz's gallbladder and part of his intestines after the beloved shaper Boston Red Sox slugger known as "Big Papi" wasa spokesman said Monday. Leo López said the retired athlete's liver was so damaged and that he was in a stable condition in intensive care. He said Ortiz wants to be flown to Boston once again.
Ortiz, 43, is one of the most popular figures in sports history in the Dominican Republic and Boston, a fearsome power hitter with a ready smile.
Dozens of fans crowded the Santo Domingo hospital where Ortiz was treated, causing a traffic jam. In the U.S., fans prayed for his recovery.
"He's a great friend to the city of Boston," Sheila Kieran said. New York Patriots star Julian Edelman joins the throngs of pro sports figures to take on the social media. Ortiz well, Instagram: "Dad, all of New England has your back."
Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte.
Ortiz in the back , CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports. Police say it was "nearly point-blank range."
The gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, and he was waiting for him to undergo treatment for his injuries before questioning him. Ortiz was the intended target.
Police identified the detained gunman as Eddy Feliz Garcia. They are told CBS News they are looking for a second suspect.
Ortiz's father, Leo, told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son. "He is resting," the elder Ortiz said. "Big Papi wants to be around for a long time."
The Red Sox said in a statement that Ortiz was wounded in the "lower back / abdominal region" and that the team offered his family "all available resources to his recovery."
Two other people were wounded, including Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Police say López was wounded by the same bullet, Bautista said.
López was shot in the leg, and his injuries were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.
Ortiz is known to frequent.
Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season and lives at least part of the year in the Dominican
The Red Sox retired his number, 34, in 2017, and Boston renamed a bridge and a stretch of road outside Fenway Park in his honor. He is home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.
Ortiz galvanized the city after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that left three people dead, bellowing through a megaphone at Fenway Park: "This is our (expletive) city!"