FILE PHOTO: Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz follows through as he flies out in the eighth inning against Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB American League East baseball game in Boston, Massachusetts on September 22, 2013. REUTERS / Dominick Reuter
June 12, 2019
The arrest came as Ortiz, 43, took his first steps in a residential building in Boston after a second round of the operation on Tuesday, the news reported.
Ortiz was shot in the torso on Sunday night at a nightclub in Santo Domingo, the capital of his hometown, the Dominican Republic, after a gunman rolled up a motorcycle. His friend Jhoel López, a television host, also got hurt in the shot.
The police quickly arrested a suspect, identified as Eddy Féliz García, who was beaten by statesmen on site.
Féliz appeared in court on Tuesday night, charged with being an accomplice for the attempt to kill Ortiz, CNN reported. A judge is due to decide whether prosecutors should request Féliz to be held in custody before his trial, CNN reported.
Féliz's lawyer, Deivi Solano, said his client did not shoot Ortiz, but acted as a motorcycle taxi driver and could inadvertently drive the shooter to the scene, CNN reported.
The second suspect was left in custody on Tuesday night, the Globe reported and quoted an aforementioned official. The police have not released the identity of the suspect, the Globe reported.
Ortiz underwent a first round of surgery in Santo Domingo on Sunday evening before flying to Boston. After more surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Ortiz was "stable, alert and dormant," according to a statement released on Tuesday by his wife, Tiffany Ortiz.
Known as "Big Papi", Ortiz is still a hero in Boston for his role in three world championship championships and for his uplifting comments in the days following the bombardment of the Boston Marathon in 2013.
(Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Further reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing Larry King and Jeffrey Benkoe)