NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – David Ortiz is now in stable condition after undergoing surgery, and his suspected shooter is in custody.
Video shows Ortiz, 43, inside a crowded Santo Domingo bar. Authorities said a man got off a motorcycle, approached the three-time World Series champion from behind and shot him in the back.
He was rushed to the hospital, where his father said he was recovering. Leo Ortiz said his son is out of danger and out of surgery, with no major damage to his organs.
He also told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot him.
Police said two other people were hurt in the shooting, including Dominican television host Jhoel Lopez who was with Ortiz.
The suspect was allegedly captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar and taken to the hospital, where he will be questioned by police. Investigators are working to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target.
The Dominican Republic native is said to frequent the bustling nightlife district where he was shot.
The famed baseball player, known as Big Papi, retired after the 2016 season with 541 homers over his 20-year major league career. He helped lead Boston to three World Series titles.
Support has been pouring in – from his former team, to the MLB. Former Red Sox teammate Pedro Martinez and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez also sent out prayers.
Ortiz’s father added Big Papi will be around for a long time.