6/10 5:50 AM PT — The shooting was captured on surveillance video — you can see the gunman pull up on the street and fire at Ortiz from behind while he was eating at a table.
Cops say the shooting was at “nearly point-blank range.”
5:35 AM PT — Ortiz’s father and other family members were photographed at the hospital, where they were speaking to media about David’s condition.
6/10 5:22 AM PT — Red Sox posted a statement on Twitter Sunday night, saying, “David’s family has confirmed that he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region. David is being treated at Clinica Abel Gonzalez in Santo Domingo where he is recovering after surgery.”
The statement continues, “We have offered David’s family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts.”
8:57 PM PT — Ortiz was reportedly shot in the lower back — and the bullet exited through his stomach, according to ESPN, which has a reporter at the hospital where the MLB star is being treated.
A doctor working on Ortiz told ESPN the baseball star went into surgery but everything is going as well as it can be and he’s currently “out of danger.”
When he arrived to the hospital, Ortiz reportedly told his doctors, “Please don’t let me die. I’m a good man.”
A police official has also told local media the incident was NOT a “robbery” — but would not give a possible motive for the incident. Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz — aka “Big Papi” — was shot while hanging out at a nightclub Sunday in the Dominican Republic, his father confirmed.
The 43-year-old was at Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo when a gunman burst into the place and opened fire, striking Ortiz once.
Ortiz was put inside of an ambulance and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this point.
Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, confirmed the incident to ESPN … saying, “They called 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.”
Leo, who is currently in the Dominican Republic, added, “At the moment, everything is confusing. I’m trying to find out where they took my son.”
The suspect has reportedly been arrested.
Ortiz was born in Santo Domingo and grew up in the D.R. before moving to the United States to play baseball after signing with the Seattle Mariners when he turned 17.
Of course, Ortiz went on to play 20 seasons in the big leagues — and became a Boston legend in the process … leading the Red Sox to 3 World Series titles. He was the World Series MVP in 2013.
Ortiz was a 10-time All-Star during his pro baseball career and his #34 jersey has already been retired by the Sox.
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Originally Published — 6/9 7:32 PM PT