Beloved David Ortiz stable after being shot in Dominican Republic

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

Two other people were injured during the ambush, including television presenter Jhoel López; police said they were investigating whether Ortiz was the intended target.

Once doctors had stabilized him he was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he underwent a second surgery.

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz smiles during warmups before facing the Toronto Blue Jays in their MLB American League East baseball game in Boston, Massachusetts, September 21, 2013. "He is stable, awake, and resting comfortably this morning in the ICU where he is expected to remain for the next several days", Ortiz's wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said in a statement. She also thanked the Red Sox organization and Ortiz's fans for their outpouring of support.

Tiffany did not speak on that.

From former President Barack Obama: "Six years ago, David Ortiz's spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing".

Ortiz, 43, had been airlifted to Boston Monday night on a medical air ambulance chartered by the Red Sox. Authorities originally said Garcia was the shooter, but revised that statement to say he was actually the driver of the motorcycle; the shooter remains at large, police said. The bullet exited Ortiz's stomach. "That collaboration with Dominican journalists, and well as Enrique's close relationship with David's father, Leo Ortiz, has been essential to our reporting". The country's attorney general told Ortiz on Monday that the investigation had "advanced considerably", according to Martin Finucane of the Boston Globe, who cited a Spanish report.

Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where he was being treated, causing a traffic jam. He hit 541 career home runs, made 10 All-Star teams and won three World Series titles with Boston. A crowd of people managed to pull the driver off the motorcycle and beat him before police arrived.

The Red Sox held a moment of prayer for Ortiz prior to their home game Monday night against the Texas Rangers.

Ortiz, who starred for the Boston Red Sox for 14 seasons before retiring in 2016, underwent surgery at the Abel Gonzalez clinic.