The moment an angry crowd attacked the man accused of shooting former Red Sox star David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz in a Dominican Republic bar on Sunday was caught on camera in a video showing the alleged gunman, covered in blood, fielding punches and kicks.
Ortiz, 43, is recovering in the hospital after having surgery to remove his gallbladder and part of his intestines. He is expected to make a full recovery but suffered liver damage during the six-hour operation, his spokesman said.
The former slugger for the Red Sox was shot in the back at near point-blank range while having drinks with friends including local TV host Jhoel Lopez.
Police are yet to offer a motive for the shooting but they have arrested Eddy Feliz Garcia.
Garcia was chased down at the bar by a crowd of Ortiz’s supporters and was beaten relentlessly until police arrived.
In a video widely shared on social media afterwards, he is filmed claiming not to know anything about the attack.
In Spanish, the crowd yells at him: ‘You don’t know anything? You don’t know anything?’
Ortiz, who retired from baseball in 2016, is from the Dominican Republic and splits his time between the city of Santo Domingo, where the attack happened, and Miami where he lives with his wife and children.
He is well known in Santo Domingo and is known to frequent the bars and restaurants where the attack happened.
Before he was shot, he and Lopez were seen with other men drinking and smoking cigars.
He was sitting at a table with Lopez when the gunman approached him on the back of a motorcycle and shot him in the back.
The crowd seized on Garcia as Ortiz was taken to the hospital.
Initial reports suggested that it was an attempted robbery but police have since dismissed that.