David Ortiz shot at Dominican Republic bar
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was hospitalized
Monday following surgery for a gunshot wound after being ambushed by a man in a bar in his native
Dominican Republic, authorities said.
Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and
Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot
him at close range. Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his
condition was stable, Bautista said.
Ortiz’s father, Leo, speaking to reporters outside the clinic, said his son was out of danger and there
wasn’t any collateral damage, meaning no damage to major organs. He said he had no idea why someone
would have shot at his son.
‘‘He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting,’’ Leo Ortiz said. ‘‘Big Papi will be around for a long time.’’
The alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, Bautista said. He said
police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said.
Two other people were wounded, Bautista said, including Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was
with Ortiz. Bautista said police believe López was wounded by the same bullet.
Who would want to hurt big Papi! He is like a hero there and he gives so much to that country.
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