Red Sox fans around the nation are praying today after hearing the tragic news that one off the greatest players of all time, and a Boston legend has been cut down by an assassin's bullet in the Dominican Republic.
David Oritz, affectionately referred to as ‘Big Papi’ was shot in the back while sitting with friends at a nightclub on Sunday night.
“The 43-year-old was at Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo when a gunman burst into the place and opened fire, striking Ortiz once."
Surveillance video shows the moment the Red Sox standout was stuck.
Onlookers were shocked and incensed at the attempt to cut down the baseball superstar and reacted accordingly.
A graphic video shows the angered mob who witnessed the attack brutally beating the main they saw fire the bullet into their idol.
WARNING: Some readers may find the following video disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
Once authorities arrived, the shooter was taken into custody and the Boston slugger was taken to the hospital.
Ortiz was reportedly struck in the lower back and had to undergo surgery to repair the damage he sustained.
“Ortiz's assistant, Leo Lopez, says David suffered damage to multiple internal organs.
In a statement to ESPN, Lopez said, "Ortiz had to remove parts of the intestines and the colon and remove the gallbladder. His liver was damaged, too."
TMZ shared the statement that the Boston Red Sox organization issued about their player’s condition.
"David's family has confirmed that he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region. David is being treated at Clinica Abel Gonzalez in Santo Domingo where he is recovering after surgery."
David Ortiz played for the Red Sox for 20 years, helping his team win three World Series titles. In 2013, ‘Big Papa’ was named series MVP.
“Ortiz was a 10-time All-Star during his pro baseball career and his #34 jersey has already been retired by the Sox.“
Ortiz was born in Santo Domingo and moved to the United States when he was just 17 years old to play professional baseball with the Seattle Mariners.
“He signed with the Boston Red Sox in 2003, where he spent the remainder of his career. In Boston, Ortiz established himself as one of the greatest designated hitters the game has ever seen.”
this is a developing story. We will bring you updates as they occur.
Please join us in praying for the beloved 43-year-old legend as he begins his long recovery from this terrible ordeal.