David Ortiz was shot and wounded in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, Felix Durán Mejia, a spokesman for the national police, confirmed to CNN.
Mejia told CNN the former Red Sox star was shot in the back “by a motorcyclist who approached Ortiz directly.”
“They called me to tell me that David is injured and that they took him to a medical center, but they did not tell me how he is or exactly where he was transferred,” Ortiz’s father, Leo, told ESPN.
The local chief of police told Dionisio Soldevila, a reporter from the Dominican Republic, that Ortiz was in stable condition. Ortiz was taken into surgery and told doctors “please don’t let me die. I’m a good man,” according to Soldevila.
Police have detained multiple people in connection with the shooting, according to CNN.
Ortiz, who retired in 2016, was born in Santo Domingo, where the incident took place. The 10-time All-Star won three World Series and spent fourteen of his 20 MLB seasons with Boston.
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