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David Ortiz Airlifted from Dominican Republic to Boston After Shooting

David Ortiz Airlifted from Dominican Republic to Boston After Shooting

Former Boston Red Sox star David "Big Papi" Ortiz was shot Sunday night in the Dominican Republic, and remains in intensive care after a bullet went into his back and out his stomach, according to CNN.

The Red Sox said in a statement that Ortiz was wounded in the "lower back/abdominal region" and that the team offered his family "all available resources to aid in his recovery".

Once doctors had stabilized him he was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he underwent a second surgery.

She also thanked the Red Sox organization and Ortiz's fans for their outpouring of support.

Ortiz was shot at close range in the torso Sunday night by a gunman who approached him from behind at a Santo Domingo bar, authorities said.

He helped Boston win a first World Series title in 86 years 2004, as well as championships in 2007 and 2013.

Ortiz played 20 Major League Baseball seasons before retiring at the end of the 2016 season. He was released into police custody and has yet to be charged in connection with the shooting.

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Bystanders apprehended one of the men, identified by police as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia, and beat and stomped him until police arrived.

Dr. Abel Gonzalez, who performed the surgery, said part of Ortiz's intestines and liver were removed.

Jhoel Lopez, a Dominican television host, was shot in the leg, and his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The Red Sox retired his number, 34, in 2017, and Boston renamed a bridge and a stretch of road outside Fenway Park in his honor.

Garcia reportedly confessed to being involved in the shooting, according to Frank Félix Duran, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic National Police. "And so it's appropriate and expected that this community would rally around David when he needs us the most", Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said Monday.

Eliezer Salvador, who was at the scene, said the gunman said nothing, just fired once. "But I'm so disappointed to know that someone like David, who saved so many lives, can have someone after his life".

"We can not live in that anxiety that every time you go out of your house, a [thug] comes and takes away what you have on you, " the slugger said.