Former Boston Red Sox slugger and charismatic personality David Ortiz was shot Sunday in his native Dominican Republic.
According to ESPN, a man ambushed Ortiz at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo, getting off his motorcycle to shoot him at close range.
The bullet went through Ortiz’ lower back and passed through his body, necessitating a six-hour surgery. Three different doctors worked to remove part of Ortiz’ intestines, colon and gallbladder, and he also suffered liver damage, according to ESPN.
But Ortiz is now stable, and authorities are trying to determine whether he was targeted.
The shooting took place in an area known for its nightlife, with several high-end clubs and bars that Ortiz frequents. Several others were injured during the shooting.
The crowd captured and beat the gunman, injuring his skull, thorax, left knee and right leg.
“Big Papi” helped the Red Sox win three World Series. He made 10 All-Star teams, won one American League MVP and crushed 541 home runs. He has also been linked to performance-enhancing drugs, though it has never been proven definitively.
Ortiz is loved in Boston, where he became an important voice for the city even outside of baseball. After the Boston Marathon bombings took place in 2013, he rallied the city with a defiant speech at Fenway Park.