Ortiz back in Boston for gunshot wound care

Former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek is now a special assistant to the general manager

He retired after his 2016 season and lives part of the year in the Dominican Republican, where he is known to frequent the nightlife scene.

Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where Ortiz was being treated, causing a traffic jam.

The retired Red Sox slugger was flooded with support from former teammates, current Boston stars and plenty of others after he was shot in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday night.

Security camera footage acquired by ABC News shows the gunman coming up behind Ortiz and opening fire at close range. He was apprehended and then beaten by a crowd at the venue and suffered injuries to his head and legs. Multiple media reports indicated that Dominican television host Jhoel Lopez was also shot in the incident, possibly by the same bullet.

Dominican Police identified the shooter as Eddy Feliz Garcia, 25, who witnesses claim climbed off a motorcycle and shot Ortiz from a short distance.

Garcia reportedly confessed to being involved in the shooting, according to Frank Félix Duran, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic National Police.

According to ESPN Deportes, police have the suspected gunman and the suspected driver of the motorcycle in custody.

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Ortiz's father, Leo, told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son. His postseason heroics helped Boston capture its first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, when he was the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series as the Red Sox overcame a 3-0 series deficit to the New York Yankees in seven games.

"He's on the Mount Rushmore of Boston sports", said Eddie Romero, the team's assistant general manager.

In the Dominican Republic, a person arrested has some protections, including a defense and a fair and public trial, the State Department said.

"I don't have enough words to describe who David is, what David means to baseball", Martinez said on air.

"When he fell on the ground, I said give me your hand", he told Pozo. And I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Our thoughts continue to be with David, Tiffany and their family.

"There's just one coward out there that just wanted to do that to someone who didn't deserve it".

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