FILE – On this Oct. 10, 2016, file photograph, Boston Pink Sox designated hitter David Ortiz encourages the gang from the dugout through the eighth inning in Recreation three of baseball’s American League Division Sequence in opposition to the Cleveland Indians in Boston. Former Boston Pink Sox slugger Ortiz was shot and wounded in his native Dominican Republic, his father instructed ESPN on Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photograph/Elise Amendola, File) The Related Press
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Former Boston Pink Sox slugger David Ortiz was ambushed by a person who obtained off a motorbike and shot him within the again at practically point-blank vary Sunday night time in his native Dominican Republic, authorities mentioned.
Dominican Nationwide Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte mentioned Ortiz was on the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo round eight:50 p.m. when the gunman approached from behind and shot him. Ortiz was taken to a medical facility the place he underwent surgical procedure, and his situation was steady, Bautista mentioned.
The gunman was captured by a crowd of people on the bar and overwhelmed by them, Bautista mentioned. He mentioned police are ready till the person undergoes remedy for his accidents earlier than questioning him.
Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host, was with Ortiz when he was shot. Bautista mentioned López was additionally wounded, apparently by the identical bullet.
Ortiz’s father, Leo, mentioned authorities knowledgeable him concerning the taking pictures however did not present particulars.
“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 Ortiz instructed ESPN.com.
The 43-year-old Ortiz hit 541 homers in 20 main league seasons, together with 14 with the Pink Sox. He helped lead Boston to a few World Sequence titles and retired after the 2016 season. He was a 10-time All-Star and two-time World Sequence MVP, in 2004 and 2013.
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