Shot Bulgarian Mobster Still in Critical Condition

Crime | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 17:36
Shot Bulgarian Mobster Still in Critical Condition: Shot Bulgarian Mobster Still in Critical Condition Ivanov is pictured here lying helpless on the floor inside Sofia courthouse after he was shot and seriously wounded in broad daylight while going to its entrance. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

The health condition of top Bulgarian mobster Baretata, who was shot Tuesday, is expected to deteriorate further, doctors now say.

Crime boss, Zlatomir Ivanov aka Baretata (The Beret, The Barret) was shot in broad daylight in the vicinity of the main courtroom building in the Bulgarian capital as he was going there for an appeals hearing in an illegal drugs distribution case against him.

After the shooting, Ivanov was taken to the emergency Pirogov hospital and underwent surgery for approximately four hours on Tuesday and his life was reported to still be in danger.

Doctor Stoyan Sopotnenski said Wednesday the patient's condition is expected to become more complicated and additional surgeries will be needed to stabilize him.

Baretata is in the central life-support ward on respiratory apparatus and on cardiac medications.

"His condition is dynamic and we cannot say how it will develop and cannot issue certain forecasts about his life," the Doctor is quoted saying.

A bodyguard, who returned fire, was also shot in the leg. He is in stable condition.

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