Dominican authorities say the David Ortiz shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

Ortiz is a strapping 6’3 and 250 pounds, according to the Red Sox. He’s one of the most famous and recognizable athletes in the world. Fernandez is smaller and thinner, with a lighter complexion.

“They don’t look alike at all,” Rojas said. “…Even a breastfeeding infant can identify David Ortiz.”

Dominican authorities say the David Ortiz shooting was a case of mistaken identity. – CNN



Ortiz back in Boston, taken to local hospital

A team of surgeons, led by Dr. Abel Gonzalez, operated on Ortiz for six hours and repaired damage done by the bullet to both intestines and his liver. They also had to remove Ortiz’s gallbladder to work on the liver, though the gallbladder itself was not damaged.

Gonzalez said during a Monday news conference that he anticipates Ortiz making a full recovery with no restrictions. Asked about Ortiz’s qualify of life going forward, Gonzalez replied, “When he overcomes this, the same as before.”

Doctors approved Ortiz’s transfer to Boston on a plane sent to the Dominican Republic by the Red Sox.

Ortiz back in Boston, taken to local hospital


So grateful the Red Sox moved so quickly and flew Big Papi home to Boston. They will literally get him the best medical care in the world. It is an immense relief to know that.

So grateful for how quickly Eliezer Salvador got Papi to the hospital. It put a smile on my face to hear that he he apologized for hitting some cars along the way. Boston fans are also Boston drivers. It seemed fitting.

So grateful for the work of Dr. Gonzalez and his entire medical team for saving his life.

…And, the peanut gallery is sure it speaks for all of Red Sox nation in saying:

So appreciative of the folks who caught, beat, and ultimately spared the suspect so he could talk.

David Ortiz flown to Boston after being shot in a bar

Eliezer Salvador, who was at the scene, said the gunman said nothing, just fired once. Salvador then drove a wounded Ortiz to the hospital, telling reporters they had a brief conversation in the car as he urged the baseball great to stay calm and breathe.

“Do you have any problems with anyone?” Salvador recalled asking him, to which Ortiz replied: “No, my brother, I’ve never wronged anyone.”

Salvador held up Ortiz’s bloody belongings for reporters, along with some of his jewelry. He also apologized for hitting several cars while rushing to the hospital: “That wrongdoing was justified.”

…“He is resting,” the elder Ortiz said. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

He added that he is pleased with the medical attention Ortiz has received but that he will be transferred to Boston so he can be with his wife and the Red Sox medical team.

…“In 2013, when we needed David Ortiz the most, he was there for us,” Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said Monday. “Our focus is on his health and on getting him back here for treatment.”

David Ortiz flown to Boston after being shot in a bar |

Yes, Mr Salvador, I think you are right. It was.