David Ortiz’s wounds are healing, but he still doesn’t know why he was shot at a Dominican Republic nightclub back in June. And now he’s doing something about it.
Ortiz, who has been recovering at home since being released from the hospital last month, has hired a security firm to look into the shooting. The firm, the Edward Davis Company, is headed by former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis.
Joe Baerlein, a spokesman for Ortiz (and a principal owner of the Edward Davis Company) confirmed the company’s hiring to the Boston Globe, saying that they’re "monitoring and analyzing information from various sources in the Dominican Republic around the motives for the shooting of Ortiz on June 9th.”
Baerlein also said that they’re providing security for the Ortiz family, and that Ortiz himself is “damn interested in finding out what really happened.”
A number of people — including the alleged mastermind Victor Hugo Gómez — have been arrested in the Dominican Republic in connection to the shooting that critically injured the 43-year-old former Boston Red Sox slugger. It was later reported that the incident was a $30,000 hit gone wrong, and Gómez had allegedly wanted his cousin killed. Ortiz is friends with Gómez’s cousin, and was sharing a table with him at the nightclub when he was shot.
While the prevailing theory behind Ortiz’s shooting has been mistaken identity, it seems like Ortiz — or the Edward Davis Company — has doubts about that.
"[Ortiz] had no basis for a long time to challenge their theory of mistaken identity,” Baerlein told the Globe. “However, as new facts continue to come up, it lends some optimism that there may be some other conclusions that are drawn before it's over about why David was shot.”
The bullet that entered Ortiz’s abdomen injured his small intestine, large intestine, liver and gall bladder, and he’s had several surgeries to repair the damage. But the doctors at the time said that Ortiz would be able to make a full recovery, and less than three months after the shooting, Ortiz seems to be well on his way. On Sunday he posted pictures of himself and his daughter, Alex, as they took part in the great late August tradition of dropping your kid off at college.
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