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Former Red Sox star David Ortiz shot in the Dominican Republic

Former Red Sox star David Ortiz shot in the Dominican Republic
David Ortiz, former batter of the Boston Red Sox, is in stable condition recovering from a gunshot wound Sunday in the Dominican Republic.

A spokesman for the Dominican National Police confirmed that Ortiz was shot in the back in a nightclub in Santo Domingo when a motorcyclist approached him directly. In a statement Monday morning, the Red Sox said Ortiz "with a bullet wound in the lower back / abdominal region" and "is recovering after surgery" at a hospital in Santo Domingo.

"We have offered David's family all available resources to help him in his recovery and we will continue to keep them in our hearts," said the Red Sox statement.
The graphic video surveillance of the shooting, obtained by the Dominican television station CDN37, shows Ortiz shot from behind while sitting in the bar of the restaurant. Other guests scatter while Ortiz staggers in his chair.

CDN37 reports that Eddy Feliz García, 23, was later arrested on suspicion of shooting Ortiz.

Former Red Sox teammate Pedro Martinez wrote on Twitter that he was "at peace knowing that" Ortiz was "out of danger." 
Television presenter Jhoel Lopez, who posed with Ortiz in a photo posted on Lopez's Instagram account on Sunday, was shot in the leg, according to the Dominican newspaper Listin Diario.

Ortiz was a 10-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion with the Red Sox. He scored 541 home runs in his career in his 20-year career, 483 of them with Boston, before retiring at the end of the 2016 season.

He was one of the greatest playoff players of his generation: he hit 17 postseason homers in 85 games and won the MVP of the World Series in 2013.