SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was hospitalized Monday following surgery for a gunshot wound after being ambushed by a man in a bar in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said.
Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, Bautista said.
Ortizs father, Leo, speaking to reporters outside the clinic, said his son was out of danger and there wasnt any collateral damage, meaning no damage to major organs. He said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.