Former MLB star David Ortiz was shot in the back while outside of a club in his hometown of the Dominican Republic. Video footage of the shooting was captured on surveillance video and has since surfaced on social media.
Anaridis Rodriguez of WBZ released the footage of Ortiz on social media.
Ortiz can be seen in the center of the video wearing white pants and a print shirt when the gun is fired. According to reports, the bullet exited his stomach. He was then transported to the local hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.
David Ortiz was shot once in the back and that the bullet came through his stomach. The Dominican Republic National Police confirmed the news and a suspect is currently in custody. CDN reports that the man who was arrested was beaten by witnesses of the shooting.
Ortiz is reportedly in stable condition.
He reportedly told doctors: “Please do not let me die; I am a good man.”
This is everything we were told from a Dominican Republic National Police Officer:
– David Ortiz was shot once
– Happened at a club in East Santo Domingo
– It was not a robbery
– He was shot in the back came out through the stomach
– Suspect in custody #7News pic.twitter.com/hpGRRTUa7n
— Justin Dougherty (@DoughertyJC) June 10, 2019
Conflicting reports, via ESPN, suggest that Ortiz was shot in the leg.
From the report:
According to a report from Dominican TV station CDN 37, Ortiz was shot in the leg. A person who was at the scene told ESPN that Ortiz was wounded by a man, who is being detained, while he was in the “Dial” club in the eastern part of the Dominican capital, and that Ortiz was transferred to the Corazones Unidos clinic, which is located in the center of the city.
— CDN 37 (@CDN37) June 10, 2019
Ortiz was a member of three World Series championship teams during his team with the Boston Red Sox and was the 2013 World Series MVP. Ortiz was in his birthplace of Santo Domingo when he was shot.
Throughout his MLB career, Ortiz was a 10-time All-Star, seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Roberto Clemente Award winner, two-time AL Hank Aaron Award winner, and the AL home run leader in 2006.
Ortiz’s No. 34 was retired by the Red Sox following his playing career.