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.
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.