David Ortiz

Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was shot in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, according to Felix Durán Mejia, a spokesman for the Dominican National Police.

Durán Mejia confirmed to CNN that Ortiz was shot in the back in "an incident that took place at Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo." Durán Mejia said Ortiz was shot by a motorcyclist who approached Ortiz directly.
 
Durán Mejia said when Ortiz was shot, "the bullet went through his stomach." As of right now, Ortiz's medical condition is "confidential," the police spokesman said.
 
Multiple people have been detained in connection with the shooting, Durán Mejia said. It's unclear whether the motorcyclist is in custody.
 
One of the suspects who is believed to be involved in the shooting is being treated at a local hospital in the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Health Service (SNS) said in a statement.
 
The suspect, the statement said, was hit and attacked by bystanders immediately after Ortiz was shot.
 
Ortiz was born in Santo Domingo and made his Major League Baseball debut in 1997, according to MLB's website.
 
He played 20 seasons before retiring in 2016, MLB states. His first six seasons he played with the Minnesota Twins, and he played the remainder of his career with Boston Red Sox.
 
The Boston Red Sox released a statement early Monday saying that they offered Ortiz's family any resources he may need during his recovery.

Shocked professional athletes sent prayers and well-wishes late Sunday.

"It's crazy to hear what happened to David Ortiz. It goes to show you that anyone can be in danger at anytime no matter your status. Get well soon Big Papi. I'm praying for you," said New York Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes.

"Anxiously waiting for more news. In the meantime, only prayers for @davidortiz, Tiffany and their family," said former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez on Twitter.

"Are you serious?!?! You disrespect the legend @davidortiz in the motherland? Is you f#%*?!# dumb?!? Prayers up for the one and only Big Papi. The island is a scary place for homeboy right now," tweeted Minnesota Timberwolves Center Karl-Anthony Towns.

MLB tweeted support as well.

"Our thoughts are with David Ortiz, who is reportedly hospitalized after being shot in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic," the league's tweet read.
 
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