Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz shot in Dominican Republic

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David Ortiz reportedly shot in Dominican Republic

His father Leo Ortiz told ESPN that he was shot while at an entertainment centre in Santo Domingo on Sunday.

Felix Duran Mejia, a spokesman for the national police, confirmed to CNN that Ortiz was shot in "an incident that took place at Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo". Ortiz's friend, talk show host Jhoel Lopez, was also injured in the attack. Ortiz is in stable condition and "out of danger" after undergoing surgery.

After a reported six hours of surgery - where doctor's had to remove part of Ortiz's intestines and colon and gallblader - the former slugger is now recovering in intensive care.

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz complained about the lack of security in his native Dominican Republic in 2015 - four years before he was badly wounded in a shooting there.

Ortiz's father, Leo, told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son. The Red Sox have offered Ortiz a private plane to fly him to the United States for further treatment if necessary, too, according to ESPN.

Translation: The emergency doctor says that David Ortiz said "Please Don't let me die, I'm a good man". Ortiz was shot in the back with the wound exiting his stomach.

Police had two suspects in custody Monday afternoon: the suspected shooter and the suspected driver of the motorcycle.

"Our thoughts are with David Ortiz, who is reportedly hospitalized after being shot in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic", MLB tweeted on its official Twitter account.

David Ortiz's health suddenly is among the biggest concerns of Red Sox Nation.

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspected gunman. The television personality's injuries are not life-threatening, his wife, TV host Liza Blanco, said.

The shooting set off a chaotic scene in which angry onlookers beat the alleged gunman. He retired after the 2016 season. He was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox knock off the St. Louis Cardinals.

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.

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