David Ortiz shooting: 2nd suspect arrested, gunman still sought by police

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His wife Tiffany Ortiz announced that the surgery was successful and that he's in stable condition in a statement provided by the Boston Red Sox.

David Ortiz, a three-time World Series champion during his career with the Boston Red Sox, was shot in the back outside a discotheque in the Dominican Republic.

After rumors circulated on social media and in news reports that a Dominican police officer had been involved in the shooting, the Dominican National Police took the step of issuing a statement saying those reports were "categorically" false.

The Red Sox sent a plane to Santo Domingo Monday to pick up Ortiz and take him to Massachusetts General Hospital, according to Sam Kennedy, the team's president and CEO.

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Bystanders apprehended one of the suspects, identified by police as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia, and beat and stomped him until police arrived.

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David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox waves to fans during the pregame ceremony to honor his retirement before his last regular season home game at Fenway Park on October 2, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. His son, D'Angelo, who was with Ortiz in the Dominican Republic on a four-day trip to visit friends and family, wrote a post Monday on Instagram wishing his dad a full recovery.

Ortiz was shot Sunday and is now recovering from exploratory surgery in Boston, where he was flown Monday night.

Ortiz had been in stable condition in intensive care at a Santo Domingo hospital after doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine, according to his spokesman, Leo López.

The operator of the motorcycle that was carrying the gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, authorities said.

David Ortiz is one of the most celebrated and beloved members of the Red Sox family. The bullet exited Ortiz's stomach. The gunman has not been arrested, and police say they do not yet have a motive. It wasn't known whether the second person was the shooter police were looking for.

His father Leo Ortiz told ESPN that he was shot while at an entertainment centre in Santo Domingo on Sunday.