Police have arrested a man named Eddy Feliz Garcia in the shooting. The probe is still ongoing, but according to local authorities, Garcia arrived at the bar on the back of a motorcycle, walked up behind Ortiz and fired a shot at close range that pierced Ortiz’s lower back and exited through his abdomen. He tried to escape but fell off, after which he was beaten viscously by the crowd in the club where the shooting took place, after which he was taken into custody.
At least one outlet — the Daily Mail, citing three sources with Dominican Republic law enforcement — is reporting that Ortiz was shot by gunmen hired by a drug lord who thought Ortiz was having an affair with his wife. The New York Post has picked up on this report but at the moment no other outlets are confirming it. A representative of Ortiz has said that, contrary to initial reports, this was not a robbery attempt, calling this “an act of hired killers,” but denied that it had anything to do with a woman. It’s certainly a salacious accusation and this is certainly a volatile situation. One assumes that, as the dust settles from all of this that some greater insight into the motive will be discovered.
In the meantime, Ortiz is in intensive care in a Santo Domingo hospital following several hours of surgery last night. He suffered damage to his liver, colon, and his gallbladder, earlier reports said. The Red Sox spoke about the attack this afternoon and outlined plans to have him flown to a hospital in Boston, possibly as soon as this evening. For now he is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
*An earlier version of this story contained a different headline, highlighting the claims made in the Daily Mail story. Given that there has thus far been no corroboration of that report by reporters who typically have better-sourced stories regarding ballplayers in the Dominican Republic, I’ve changed the headline.