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A Chilling Surveillance Video Has Been Released That Shows The Moment David Ortiz Was Ambushed And Shot

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Horrible news came out of the Dominican Republic on Sunday night that legendary Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was shot at a club. Reports say Ortiz was shot in the “lower back/abdominal region” at a bar in Santo Domingo and underwent surgery at a local hospital. According to his family, Ortiz is doing “fine,” and is stable but still in intensive care.

Many are wondering how could this happen to a beloved star in his home country.

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Ortiz suffered organ damage after a man, who got off a motorcycle, shot him in the back from point-blank range. According to ESPN, a team of doctors that conducted the surgery had to “remove part of Ortiz’s intestines and colon, as well as his gallbladder.”

The 43-year-old is expected to make a complete recovery after a six-hour surgery. Ortiz reportedly asked the doctor who was operating on him to not let him die because he is a “good man.”

“Doctors say that David is out of danger, thank God,” Leo Ortiz,
Ortiz’s media assistant told ESPN. “What they have told me post-op is that the doctors believe he will recover quickly. Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

The Boston Red Sox said in a statement that they “offered David’s family all available resources to aid his recovery.” Ortiz is expected to receive further treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital.

At this time, authorities have identified 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia as one of two suspects.

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Authorities have identified Eddy Feliz Garcia as one of two suspects in the shooting. According to ESPN, Garcia was initially identified by police as the shooter but later said there were two suspects, the suspected shooter, and Garcia, who was identified as the driver of the motorcycle.

Garcia was captured and beaten by a crowd at the bar shortly after. Videos on social media show the 25-year-old being kicked and punched in the head by a group of people. He suffered a head contusion and trauma to his thorax and his legs. Police have yet to find a motive for the shooting as it was originally reported that Ortiz was robbed.

Video of the shooting shows the gunman approaching Ortiz and firing at him point blank range.

Surveillance video shows a crowded bar with people running away after shots were fired. It shows Ortiz, sitting at the bar, appearing to grab his side where the bullet went through him.

Jhoel López, a TV host in the Dominican Republic, who was talking to Ortiz at the bar when the attack took place, was also hurt. He suffered non-life threatening injuries but police say Lopez may have been struck in the leg by the same bullet that hit Ortiz.

There was immediate reaction and support from former players when news broke about Ortiz.

Pedro Martinez, one of Ortiz’s closest former teammates, took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the shooting. Both were teammates in 2004 when the Red Sox won their first title in 86 years.

“I’m at peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.” Martinez wrote on Twitter.

Alex Rodriguez also wished for the best on behalf of Ortiz on Twitter. “Anxiously waiting for more news. In the meantime, only prayers for @davidortiz, Tiffany and their family.”

The news of the shooting even got the attention of former U.S. President Barack Obama who wished for “a speedy recovery” from Ortiz.

Sunday’s incident showed just how beloved and respected Ortiz is beyond just the world of sports.

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Ortiz, a three-time World Series champion, is one of the most well-known and beloved baseball players of all time. Lovingly known to many as “Big Papi,” Ortiz retired from baseball in 2016.

His work never stopped there. He has started multiple youth baseball academies and has donated to creating baseball fields in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz is credited with starting many fundraising efforts in his home country and back in Boston.

He is a national hero in the Dominican Republic for this contributions there and has had a profound effect on the growth of baseball there. Ortiz is expected to be a first-ballot baseball Hall Of Famer when he is eligible in 2021.

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Every Time I Go Back To The Dominican Republic, I Remember The Person I Am And Want To Be

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Every Time I Go Back To The Dominican Republic, I Remember The Person I Am And Want To Be

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Anyone traveling to the Dominican Republic this summer has likely been met with the cautionary warning; “Don’t drink anything from the minibar.” Eleven tourist deaths on the island in 2019, ranging from natural causes to counterfeit alcohol consumption, have spurred FBI and State Department investigations. Though news of flight and hotel cancellations abounded, I missed my family and refused to let fear stop me from seeing them. Since I lived to tell the tale, here are a few things I learned about my father, about myself, and about the precarious paradise that keeps calling me back.

Billy Joel and Nas have interpreted the “New York state of mind,” and if you have ever visited the Dominican Republic beyond the purpose of tourism, you’ll know that there exists a Dominican state of mind too.

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Whenever I exit Las Americas or Puerto Plata airports, humidity slaps me in the face, and my Dominican mindset is immediately activated. On this island, electricity does not run 24/7. When the electricity goes, or as we say “se fue la luz,” water doesn’t run from the tap either. All that is left to do is swap your sneakers for flip-flops, and exorcise your need for immediate gratification. It takes practice, and I re-learn this lesson with each visit.

The Dominican Republic is changing fast. 

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There is new construction everywhere you look. I sit on the balcony chatting with my father and stare across the street trying to remember how it looked before the apartment building was constructed in that space. I can see from an open doorway on the ground level that wooden boxes are being stacked, and hauled out in front of a business. I tune out my father’s voice as I focus on the shape and size of the boxes. My Spanish needs work, and I ask my father, “Papi, what does ataúd mean?” The business slogan translates to “Quality Coffins.” I think about magic realism traditions in Latin American literature, and I am reminded that so often a country like this juxtaposes disparate images and experiences in such a casual manner. I don’t think I would be able to live across the street from a constant reminder of death anywhere else but on this incongruous island.

We drive to the countryside of El Seibo for a few days.

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My father syncs his playlist and he directs my sister what song to play next. The first song is by Boy George. I watch my father sing along, and I can’t help but think about the Dominican Republic’s homophobic culture steeped in hyper-masculinity. Same-sex marriage is not recognized on the island, and members of the LGBTQ community continue to face discrimination and violence. I talk to my sister about this later that night, and she tells me small changes are coming to the island. The city of Santo Domingo hosts inclusive events like Draguéalo, where you can even sign up for a Vogue class.

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My father’s playlist continues and I’m struck by his selections ranging from Taylor Swift to A.I.E. (A Mwana), a song by a 1970s group called Black Blood, featuring lyrics in Swahili.

I watched this Dominican dad jam across continents, decades, cultures, languages, and race. I realize there is so much I don’t know about him, and so often we shortchange our parents’ knowledge and experience, reducing them to stereotypes and gendered tropes.

My next lesson is on staying sexy.

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After a few days in the countryside, my sister and I rent a hotel room in La Zona Colonial. We ready for a night out when she looks at my outfit and asks me, “Um, is that what you’re wearing tonight?” I thought my yellow jumpsuit was poppin’. My sister pulls out a little black dress from her overnight bag and kindly suggests I wear it. The dress is tiny. It’s skimpy. It’s super short. It’s absolutely perfect. I channel my inner Chapiadora, Goddess of Sex Appeal and Free Drinks, and dance all night. 

Growing up in the 90s, I styled myself in oversized men’s clothing. It wasn’t until that one magical summer in the Dominican Republic when the heat was too oppressive to wear jeans, so I wore—gasp—a skirt. That was the first time I felt sexy, and learned the power of sex appeal. Though I wielded that power throughout my twenties, it fell away in my thirties. Wearing my sister’s LBD I realize I still have “it,” and in the Dominican Republic, sex appeal is ageless. Be careful when you come here. You may fall in love with a local, or you may just fall in love with yourself again.

The island leaves me with one last lesson.

It comes late one night, sharing a few bottles of wine with my father and sister. No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver—the worst blind person is the one who refuses to see. I could say the current political landscape in the U.S. reflects this willful ignorance, a refusal to see; yet it is the same human experience felt across space and time.

I come away wondering about my own blind spots.

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I board my return flight thinking up ways to combat willful ignorance at home, thinking about maintaining that flexible DR state of mind and thinking about buying a little black dress. As tourism in the Dominican Republic picks up again, and unfavorable headlines drop out of the news cycle, this changing island stands in its own plurality welcoming visitors, and offering endless opportunities to teach us something new.

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Mexican Authorities Are Investigating How Two Thieves Managed To Steal $2.5 Million Of Gold Coins From The Mexican Mint

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Mexican Authorities Are Investigating How Two Thieves Managed To Steal $2.5 Million Of Gold Coins From The Mexican Mint

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A crime you would expect to see out a movie has made waves throughout Mexico. Officials in Mexico claim that thieves made their way into the Mexican mint and stole more than 1,500 gold coins valued at $2.5 million USD. The crime, while still unsolved, is capturing everyone’s imagination.

Mexican authorities are seeking thieves who managed to pull off a movie-level heist.

Authorities say that thieves broke into the Mexican mint, knocked a guard to the ground, took the guard’s gun, and robbed a vault of more than 1,500 gold coins. The details of the heist have left everyone puzzled, and a little skeptical about what really went down.

A lot of people have questions about what the guard was doing that allowed the thieves to make out with the coins.

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According to CNN, the guards and two staff members that were working during the time of the robbery were not following protocol. Since they were not following protocol, they were all taken aside for questioning to determine what happened that led to such a massive heist taking place.

Some people feel like the robbers had some inspiration by way of “Money Heist” on Netflix.

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Honestly, if a Netflix movie could give someone the inspiration to rob a mint, is incredible. Like, how likely is it really that a little film could encourage two people to rob a mint?

But, more importantly, people are certain that is was actually an inside job.

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There are reports that the vault was left open at the time of the robbery. That is some impressive luck if the robbers showed up to a robbery only to find that the vault is open. All that is left to do is wait and see how this all shakes down.

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