Former Boston Pink Sox slugger David Ortiz was ambushed by a person who obtained off a motorbike and shot him within the again at shut 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 8:50 p.m. when the gunman approached from behind and shot him. Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, the place he underwent surgical procedure, and his situation was secure, Bautista mentioned.
Ortiz’s father, Leo, talking to reporters outdoors the clinic, mentioned his son was out of hazard and that the bullet had not hit any main organ. He mentioned he had no thought why somebody would have shot at his son.
The gunman was captured and overwhelmed by a crowd of individuals on the bar, Bautista mentioned. He mentioned police are ready till the person undergoes therapy for his accidents earlier than questioning him.
Investigators are attempting to find out whether or not Ortiz was the supposed goal, Bautista mentioned.
Two different folks had been wounded, Bautista mentioned, together with Jhoel Lopez, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Bautista mentioned police consider Lopez was wounded by the identical bullet.
Lopez was shot within the leg and his accidents weren't life-threatening, mentioned his spouse, Liza Blanco, who can also be a TV host.
Police didn't establish the third particular person or element that particular person’s accidents.
The Dial Bar and Lounge is positioned in japanese Santo Domingo on Venezuela Avenue, a bustling nightlife district filled with dance golf equipment and dear bars that Ortiz is thought to frequent. Ortiz, who lives at the very least a part of the 12 months within the Dominican, is commonly seen getting his vehicles washed and hanging out with buddies together with different baseball gamers, artists and entertainers.
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 Collection titles and retired after the 2016 season. He was a 10-time All-Star and two-time World Collection MVP, in 2004 and 2013. (CNBC)