Former baseball star David Ortiz shot in Dominican Republic

Tuesday, 11 Jun, 2019

Rivera also reports that Ortiz's father, Leo, told reporters that "David is now resting after surgery and that no organs were affected by the bullet". The suspect was hit and attacked by bystanders immediately after Ortiz was shot, the statement said.

A Dominican TV station and ESPN both reported Ortiz was shot in the back.

Ortiz's dad, America Enrique, told ESPN: "They called me to tell me that David is injured and they took him to the centre".

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask tweeted, "Glad to hear you're in stable condition, David Ortiz".

His jersey No. 34 was retired by the team in 2017.

In this October 10, 2016, file photo, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz encourages the crowd from the dugout during the eighth inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians in Boston. The bullet penetrated through Ortiz's back and exited out through his stomach. He was treated at a local hospital before being released into police custody.

Several people had been detained in connection with the shooting, he said.

Authorities say Big Papi is expected to survive after a shooting in the Dominican Republic that sent him to the hospital Sunday night.

Leo Ortiz, David Ortiz's father, said to @ESPNDeportes that David was shot and wounded at an amusement center in Santo Domingo. He was a 10-time All-Star player and two-time World Series MVP.

FILE PHOTO: Mar 3, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox former player David Ortiz (red hat) walks on the field prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins at JetBlue Park.

A series win in 2013 came months after the infamous Boston bombing, which saw three killed.

The sports world is still reeling from the awful news of Big Papi being shot in the back by a guy who wanted nothing but to take his life for no apparent reason.

He also confirmed that the bullet did not hit any major organs.