David Ortiz shot in back in Dominican Republic
Ortiz's father says son was out of danger and bullet had not hit any major organ
By The Associated Press
Last Updated: 10/06/19 10:25pm
Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at close range on Sunday night 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 8:50pm when the gunman approached from behind and shot him.
Ortiz, 43, was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, before a US medical team arrived in the Dominican Republic on Monday to airlift Ortiz to Boston.
Ortiz's father, Leo, speaking to reporters outside the clinic, said his son was out of danger and that the bullet had not hit any major organ. He said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.
"He's out of danger, really," said Ortiz's father. "I haven't spoken with him. I'm only basing that on what the doctor said after the operation."
The 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 Lopez, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Bautista said police believe Lopez was wounded by the same bullet.
Lopez was shot in the leg and his injuries were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.
Police did not identify the third person or detail that person's injuries.
The Dial Bar and Lounge is located in eastern Santo Domingo on Venezuela Avenue, a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and pricey bars that Ortiz is known to frequent.
Ortiz, who lives at least part of the year in the Dominican Republic, is often seen getting his cars washed and hanging out with friends including other baseball players, artists and entertainers.
The 43-year-old Ortiz hit 541 homers in 20 major league seasons, including 14 with the Red Sox. He helped lead Boston to three World Series titles and retired after the 2016 season. He was a 10-time All-Star and two-time World Series MVP, in 2004 and 2013.