Red Sox legend David Ortiz has been reportedly shot in the Dominican Republic, according to multiple reports.
ESPN baseball reporter Marly Rivera is reporting that, according to David Ortiz’s father Leo, Ortiz was shot and wounded at an amusement center in Santo Domingo in his native Dominican Republic.
.@Enrique_Rojas1 spoke to David Ortiz's father after learning that he was shot in a burglary attempt in the DR: "They called me to tell me that David is injured and that they took him to a medical center, but they did not tell me how he is or exactly where he was transferred."— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
Leo Ortiz, David Ortiz's father, said to @ESPNDeportes that David was shot and wounded at an amusement center in Santo Domingo.— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
Ortiz, known affectionately by fans as "Big Papi," reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the back. ESPN is reporting that Ortiz was taken to a medical center. His condition was unknown.
"At the moment, everything is confusing. I'm trying to find out where they took my son," Ortiz's father told ESPN.
Dominican TV station CDN 37 reported that Ortiz was shot in the back after initially reporting he had been wounded in the leg, according to the Associated Press.
Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte told the Associated Press that the gunman shot Ortiz at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday night.
That gunman was captured, Bautista told the AP, and beaten by the bar's patrons. Investigators are determining whether or not Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista told the AP.
Felix Duran Mejia, a spokesman for the Dominican National Police, reportedly told CNN that Ortiz was shot by a motorcyclist who approached Ortiz directly.
"The bullet when through his stomach," Mejia reportedly told CNN, adding that Ortiz's condition is "confidential."
Rivera, of ESPN, tweeted out that Ortiz is out of danger, according to doctors. She also reports that Ortiz was in surgery as of 11:37 p.m. on Sunday night.
This is what we know: David Ortiz was shot at a club/rest. in Santo Domingo; was taken to a local clinic. An attending doctor told our colleague @dSoldevila the bullet hit him in the lower back, went through-and-through. He's currently in surgery; doctors say he's out of danger.— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
Rivera also cited an alleged journalist in the Dominican Republic, who tweeted out that Ortiz is stable and in surgery.
Rivera later tweeted just after 12:30 a.m. on Monday that Ortiz was stable and recovering out of surgery.
David Ortiz’s brother informed the media gathered at the clinic that he’s out of surgery and is stable. https://t.co/1drHmuiLU7— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
ESPN is reporting that that same journalist - Dionisio Soldevila - told ESPN that Ortiz allegedly told doctors, "Please don't let me die. I'm a good man."
Soldevila tweeted out just after 12:30 a.m. on Monday that Ortiz's father told him that the former Major Leaguer is resting, no organs were affected and that he is hoping for a full recovery.
Padre de David Ortiz dice que David ya esta en reposo, no hubo organos afectados y se espera recuperación total.— Dionisio Soldevila (@dSoldevila) June 10, 2019
The 43-year-old Ortiz was born in Santo Domingo. He spent 14 years with the Red Sox, winning three World Series with Boston and making 10 All-Star teams.
Ortiz, who played in the MLB for 20 seasons, was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox knock off the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.
Ortiz, a beloved baseball player, is also known for the words of strength he gave to the City of Boston in the days following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.
ESPN tweeted out a series of posts from players in Major League Baseball who expressed their well-wishes for Ortiz.
MLB players send their thoughts and prayers to Big Papi. pic.twitter.com/gpt3aCfkwA— ESPN (@espn) June 10, 2019
Boston 25 News has reached out to the Boston Red Sox and is awaiting a reply.
This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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