David Ortiz on his way from D.R. to Boston after shooting
An ambulance transports former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz to the airport in Santo Domingo on Monday, June 10. EFE-EPA/Orlando Barria
A security guard stops reporters on June 10, 2019, from entering the Clinica Abel Gonzalez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is being treated for a gunshot wound. EPA-EFE/Orlando Barria
Relatives and friends gather on June 10, 2019, at the Clinica Abel Gonzalez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is being treated for a gunshot wound. EPA-EFE/Orlando Barria
Police guard the Clinica Abel Gonzalez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is being treated for a gunshot wound, on June 10, 2019. EPA-EFE/Orlando Barria
Santo Domingo, Jun 10 (efe-epa).- Medical personnel loaded former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz aboard a plane here Monday for a flight to Boston, where he will continue his recovery after being shot over the weekend at a Santo Domingo bar.
An ambulance transported Ortiz, known as "Big Papi" during his playing days, from Clinica Abel Gonzalez to the airport in the Dominican capital.
The plane, which was chartered by the Red Sox organization, took off at 6.20 pm.
The retired star's father, Leo Ortiz, expressed gratitude for the efforts of the Dominican doctors and said that Big Papi was being moved to Boston to be close to his family and his personal physician.
David Ortiz, 43, was shot during an incident in the eastern section of Santo Domingo.
Surgeons at Clinica Abel Gonzalez had to remove part of Ortiz's intestines and his spleen, his publicist, Leo Lopez, said.
Lopez told the press that the bullet affected several of the former Major League Baseball (MLB) player's organs.
National Police spokesman Frank Felix Duran told reporters that a suspect, identified as Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, was arrested in connection with the shooting and is being questioned.
Investigators are looking for a second man in connection with the incident and trying to determine the motive for the shooting, Duran said.
Ortiz was shot while at a Santo Domingo bar with journalist Jhoel Lopez, who was also shot and is listed in stable condition, relatives said.
The National Police said the assailants arrived at the establishment on a motorcycle that has been seized by investigators.
One of the men shot Ortiz and Lopez, the National Police said, adding that the subjects tried to flee on the motorcycle but fell down.
One of the suspects got away on foot, but Feliz Garcia was grabbed by other bar patrons, who beat him before handing him over to police.
"The prosecutor's office and the National Police are working jointly to clear up the case as quickly as possible and establish who is responsible" for the shooting, the law enforcement agency said in a statement.
National Police director Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista, who went to the Clinica Abel Gonzalez on Sunday night, told reporters that "we cannot presume absolutely anything, anything we say at this time is conjecture."
Ortiz finished his 20-year MLB career with a .286 batting average, 541 home runs, 2,472 hits, 1,768 runs batted in, 1,419 runs scored, 632 doubles and a .620 slugging percentage.
The slugger was a 10-time All Star, won seven Silver Slugger Awards, received two American League Hank Aaron Awards and won the Roberto Clemente Award.
Ortiz set the Red Sox's single-season home run record with 54 during the 2006 season.
Last October, the Dominican Chamber of Deputies honored Ortiz, who was the World Series Most Valuable Player in 2013, "for his outstanding role as a competitor, as well as his achievements inside and outside the stadium."
A month later, President Danilo Medina made Ortiz a goodwill ambassador.