BOSTON - Local celebrities, athletes and even political figures are sending all the positive thoughts and prayers to David Ortiz as he recovers after being shot.
The former Boston Red Sox slugger was hospitalized Monday following surgery for a gunshot wound after being ambushed by a man in a bar in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said.
Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, Bautista said.
The Boston Red Sox, in a statement early Monday, said they have been notified by Ortiz's family that the former slugger sustained a gunshot wound to his "lower back/abdominal region" and that he is recovering after surgery.
The alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, Bautista said. He said police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said.
Two other people were wounded, Bautista said, including Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Bautista said police believe López was wounded by the same bullet.
An outpouring of support flooded social media on Monday morning as people woke up to the news that Big Papi had been shot.
Boston is thinking of you, @davidortiz, and wishing you a full and quick recovery. Get well soon.— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) June 10, 2019
Awaiting an update on @davidortiz being shot in his hometown in the DR. Our thoughts are with Tiffany and their entire family. Praying for a quick recovery! He does so much for so many @MLB @RedSox pic.twitter.com/w7zWr5neOz— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) June 10, 2019
Six years ago, David Ortiz's spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing. Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own. Get well soon, Papi. pic.twitter.com/9orpBgnVI5— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 10, 2019
Red Sox play tonight and I want to see 34 on every uni.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 10, 2019
Get better, Papi.
All the love.
This story is a prime example of how great a person @davidortiz is.— MLB (@MLB) June 10, 2019
Papi has always been there for kids like Maverick through his work with the @DavidOrtizFund, and now the baseball world is there for him.
Get well soon, Papi! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/om1YXj39Lw
Red Sox Manager Alex Cora sent his message to Big Papi through his Instagram account, saying "#KeepSmiling Brother "because nothing is impossible for God," quoting Luke 1:37.
Papi defines Boston Strong... get well soon my friend!!! pic.twitter.com/QFFJ4nvQnU— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) June 10, 2019
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.— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) June 10, 2019
Me siento tranquilo de saber que estás fuera de peligro, usted es fuerte Compai, ya quiero oírle la voz. Orando, nos vemos pronto pic.twitter.com/jdSnNsM7eI
Glad to hear you’re in stable condition @davidortiz Wishing you a quick recovery.— Tuukka Rask (@tuukkarask) June 10, 2019
Jackie Bradley Jr. also took to Instagram to wish Ortiz a speedy recovery with a caption that read "Prayers sent up for @davidortiz! 🙏"
Big Papi has stood with Boston in good times and bad, and now it’s our turn to stand with him. Wishing @davidortiz a speedy recovery.— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) June 10, 2019
Utter shock. That was no robbery, that was a hit, and they better get to the bottom of it. Thank god no amount of evil or hate can overcome a heart that big. You got this @davidortiz, we love you bro!— Jon Lester (@JLester34) June 10, 2019
The bullet, which went in through Ortiz's back and out through his abdomen, perforated parts of his intestines and colon, which had to be removed, along with his gallbladder. His liver was also damaged in the incident.
Ortiz will be transported back to the U.S. as soon as he is stable enough to fly.
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