Former Red Sox star David Ortiz shot in Dominican

David Ortiz

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz was shot in the back in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, police say.

Lisa Blanco, wife of Dominican television presenter Joel Lopez who was wounded in a shooting incident along with former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (Big Papi), talks to the press outside the clinic where both men are being treated after being shot while in a bar in the city of Santo Domingo on June 9, 2019.

Tiffany Ortiz released a statement through the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday morning, and she said David is "resting comfortably" after undergoing a second successful surgery at Mass General Hospital. "On behalf of me and my family, I want to thank John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and the Boston Red Sox for all that they are doing for David and our family, as well as Dr. Larry Ronan and the unbelievable staff at Massachusetts General Hospital".

Ortiz was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. "He is a superhero without a cape", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Monday.

The gunman was not immediately identified or arrested, and the motive for the shooting is under investigation, with authorities trying to determine whether Ortiz was the target.

"We are lucky to have incredible journalists that we have collaborated with for many, many years in the Dominican Republic, in particular Dionisio Soldevila [a sports editor with Periodico Hoy, a newspaper in the Dominican Republic] and Ortiz's friend and business assistant, Leo López". Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, the director of the Dominican National Police, said a group of people at the bar surrounded the suspect and beat him before police arrived, per ESPN. "We as for privacy as David works towards recovery".

Police have said the driver of the motorcycle carrying the gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar.

Ortiz began his major league career by playing six seasons for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002), but his career blossomed after he joined the Red Sox. He won three World Series whilst hitting with Boston and was an All Star on 10 separate occasions. He was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox knock off the St. Louis Cardinals. Ortiz maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.

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