A man arrested in connection with the shooting of famous former Red Sox thug David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic over the weekend was accused of being an accomplice to the attempted murder, prosecutors spokesman Santo Domingo East said in a statement Tuesday A statement that he wanted to detain Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, who was arrested on Sunday night in the dial bar and lounge in the east of the city, according to the authorities at the scene of the shootings. According to the police, he was beaten after the shootout by several bar patrons.
Some earlier reports had identified Garcia as a presumptive shooter, but Tuesday's statement does not say Garcia is accused of firing the only shot behind the wounded Ortiz, 43. known as "Big Papi," who injured a television presenter who was with the former Red Sox player.
There was a second arrest in the case, a spokeswoman for the prosecution reportedly told reporters about WhatsApp. However, according to the Associated Press, there was no indication that the detained person was the alleged shooter.
According to the police, two men appeared on a motorcycle and one of them shot Ortiz. Garcia was captured and beaten by the bar's guests before he was handed over to the police while the other escaped on foot.
Garcia's family told NBC Boston that he was a fan of Ortiz and had nothing to do with the shooting.
His lawyer Deivi Solano said Garcia had no idea who he was picking up or what would happen if he stopped to pay a fare, the AP reported.
"He did not know what they would do Fan of David," said Solano.
One shooting motive is unclear: the Dominican-born Ortiz was flown back to Boston on Monday to be sent to Massachusetts General Hospital
Ortiz spokesman Leo Lopez said on Tuesday that the baseball star is doing well after the surgery I'm taking a few steps this morning, but it goes step by step. "
" We really are Excited because it's only one day after surgery, "said Lopez.
Ortiz's wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said in a statement from Tuesday's Red Sox that he underwent a successful second operation in Boston and "he is stable, awake and resting comfortably."
She said her husband is expected to stay in the intensive care unit for the next few years. He had his gallbladder and part of his bowel removed hours after shooting surgeons in the Dominican Republic.
Ortiz played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball, 14 of them for the Red Sox. He led the team to the World Series title in 2004, 2007 and 2013. The 2004 title was Boston's first ever World Series since 1918.
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The Red Sox said they would provide all available resources to his family to support his recovery.
The Dominican public ministry said in the Tuesday night statement that other people associated with the shootout
It added that it and the national police would work without a break to get to the bottom of the events and bring those responsible to justice.