Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz had reportedly been warned that his life was “in danger” prior to Sunday night’s shooting in the Dominican Republic.
Ortiz, 43, was shot in his hometown of Santo Domingo, D.R. on Sunday evening. A man approached Ortiz from behind at a bar/restaurant and shot him in the back. Ortiz underwent surgery and has since been transported to Boston.
Details surrounding the shooting are minimal, though the 10-time MLB All-Star had reportedly been warned that his life was in danger before Sunday.
A report from Diario Libre, one of the leading newspapers in the Dominican Republic, had the details.
The report has been translated from Spanish to English:
The investigations into the attack against David Ortiz are moving fast. The Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez had already warned this morning that the case did not correspond to a robbery or an action of street violence. Everything pointed to the fact that it was a personal settling of accounts.
Big Papi friends count, asking absolute confidentiality, that they had already warned him of the danger he was running. Ortiz would be seeing a woman, related to a suspect being involved in matters related to the world of drugs.
Despite the warnings from his inner circle, these sources comment, Ortiz continued to frequent the company of the woman. This would have incited crime.
Ortiz is currently recovering at Mass General in Boston, where he’s believed to be in stable condition and out of danger.
The Red Sox held a press conference for Ortiz on Monday, updating his status.
More updates on Ortiz should be out today.