Former MN Twin - David Ortiz Shot In Dominican Republic!

According to ESPN, David was hanging out at a club in Santo Domingo last night, when he was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him at nearly POINT-BLANK range.

He was shot in the lower back, and the bullet went through his abdomen. He was rushed to the hospital, where he told the ER doctor, quote, "Please don't let me die. I'm a good man." He had surgery . . . and fortunately, the bullet didn't hit a major organ. David's father, Leo, told local reporters he's currently resting and is expected to make a full recovery.

At least one person allegedly responsible for the shooting has already been arrested. The police haven't released a motive, but one officer denied earlier reports that it was an attempted robbery. It's unclear if the man was acting alone. The police say the gunman was caught and BEATEN by a crowd of people at the bar. Police are waiting for the man to receive medical treatment before questioning him.

It's also not 100% clear that David was the target . . . even though he was shot at such close range. Two other people were injured, but it sounds like they'll be okay too.

Ortiz started his career in Minnesota and played 20 seasons in the Majors, primarily for Boston. He was a 10-time AllStar, a three-time World Series champion, and a seven-time Silver Slugger winner in 14 seasons with the Red Sox. He retired after the 2016 season.

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