Authorities in the Dominican Republic believe former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in a plot involving a cop hired as a hit man, a law enforcement source told The Post on Monday.
“They’re definitely looking at a police officer in the shooting,’’ the source said.
Ortiz, 43, was sitting at an outdoor bar with friends in a trendy neighborhood of the capital, Santo Domingo, Sunday night when he was shot in the back by someone who rode by on a motorcycle. Video of the brazen attack has gone viral online.
Ortiz’s rep, Leo Lopez, said the drive-by on Ortiz, known as “Big Papi,’’ was clearly “an act of hired killers.’’
He told local newspaper Diario Libre that the married father of three didn’t know why he had been shot. Police have said the shooting was not a robbery.
Officials have a suspect in custody — Eddy Feliz Garcia, 25, who has a prior arrest for drug possession in 2017.
But they said they were hunting for more, including the man who was on the back of the Baja Platina motorcycle allegedly driven by Garcia.
Also wounded in the attack were the Boston baseball legend’s friend, TV host Jhoel Lopez, and a third person.
“If we had known that there was a dangerous situation, he would not have been there at that time,” Ortiz’s rep said.
An angry mob was caught on cellphone video later beating and kicking Garcia as he cowered on the ground on a street nearby. The beating sent him to a hospital.
“Some wanted to kill him, but several people prevented that, so he will talk about why he did that,’’ a local worker told local newspaper Listin Diario.
Ortiz was rushed to the hospital in a black Rolls-Royce owned by a wealthy friend, Eliezer Salvador, who was with him at the time.
“Please don’t let me die. I am a good man!” Ortiz begged as he was rushed into the emergency room.
He spent six hours in surgery overnight, with doctors removing his gallbladder and parts of his intestines and colon to stem the bleeding, officials said.
A photo surfaced of him in his hospital bed hooked up to machines, and it spread across Twitter and other social media.
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said at a press conference in Boston on Monday afternoon that doctors “have confirmed that David’s condition is still serious’’ but that he had been stabilized enough to be flown to a Boston hospital for further treatment.
An air ambulance owned by the team was flying Ortiz to Massachusetts General Hospital hours later.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Larry Celona and Kate Sheehy