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Beloved David Ortiz stable after being shot in Dominican Republic

Beloved David Ortiz stable after being shot in Dominican Republic

"I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredibly hard time", Tiffany Ortiz's statement said.

Ortiz's father, Leo, told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son. Ortiz was sitting at an outdoor table at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo when two men drove up on a motorcycle.

Ortiz, who retired from baseball after the 2016 season, was hospitalized on Sunday after he was shot during a burglary attempt at an amusement center in his hometown of Santo Domingo.

A crowd of people managed to pull the driver off the motorcycle and beat him before police arrived.

Ortiz was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said at a press conference in Boston on Monday afternoon that doctors "have confirmed that David's condition is still serious" but that he had been stabilized enough to be flown to a Boston hospital for further treatment. Ortiz remains in intensive care and will be closely monitored for the next 24 to 48 hours.

Also wounded in the attack were the Boston baseball legend's friend, TV host Jhoel Lopez, and a third person.

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Meanwhile, the Red Sox released a statement on Monday morning: "We have offered David's family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts", it said. He was soon taken into custody by the police. "But I'm so disappointed to know that someone like David, who saved so many lives, can have someone after his life".

Eliezer Salvador, who was at the scene, said the gunman said nothing, just fired once.

The gunman was not immediately identified or arrested, and the motive for the shooting is under investigation, with authorities trying to determine whether Ortiz was the target.

He helped Boston win a first World Series title in 86 years 2004, as well as championships in 2007 and 2013.

"We can not live in that anxiety that every time you go out of your house, a [thug] comes and takes away what you have on you, " the slugger said.

Ortiz galvanized the city in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that left three people dead, bellowing through a megaphone at Fenway Park: "This is our (expletive) city!"