Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has been hospitalized after suffering a gunshot wound, according to Dominican National Police.
A police spokesman confirmed that Ortiz was shot in the back at a night club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Ortiz is reported to be in stable condition.
Multiple media outlets have reported one suspect has been arrested.
Graphic surveillance video of the shooting, obtained by Dominican TV station CDN37, shows Ortiz shot from behind as he sat in the bar area of the restaurant. Other guests disperse as Ortiz reels in his chair.
Reporter Dionisio Soldevila said Ortiz was shot in his left side and the bullet exited through his abdomen. Soldevila also reported Ortiz underwent surgery.
“He’s doing better. He’s improving,” Director of the Dominican Republic National Police Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte told reporters at the hospital.
CNN reports the shooting took place at the Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo. Felix Durán Mejia, spokesman for the Dominican National Police, said Ortiz was shot by a motorcyclist who approached Ortiz directly, according to the CNN report.
Ortiz was a 10-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion with the Red Sox. He hit 541 career home runs over his 20-year career, 483 of them with Boston, before retiring at the end of the 2016 season.
He was one of the great playoff performers of his generation — hitting 17 postseason home runs in 85 games and winning the World Series MVP award in 2013.
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