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Red Sox star David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz gets warm welcome in Boston as he recovers from shooting at Dominican Republic club

2019-06-11

David Ortiz looks on before the Red Sox home opening game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on April 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz remained under the care of Boston doctors Tuesday, recovering from a point-blank murder try by a hit man in his native Dominican Republic.

Ortiz, 43, arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday night aboard an air ambulance dispatched by the Red Sox to bring “Big Papi” back to his adopted hometown. The team intends to provide “all available resources” to help Ortiz bounce back from the stunning shooting by a lone gunman.

Word of his impending arrival brought crowds of Red Sox fans to the Boston hospital, with the influx creating local traffic jams. A police escort, including motorcycle cops, accompanied the ambulance that brought Ortiz to the medical center just a couple of miles away from Fenway Park.

Police had yet to offer a motive behind the shocking execution attempt by a still-unidentified shooter, who was reportedly in police custody. A second suspect, who drove the gunman to the club on a motorcycle, was arrested after eyewitnesses captured and severely beat the man.

The would-be assassin said nothing before pumping the bullet into Ortiz’s back, an eyewitness said.

In this Monday, June 10, 2019 photo, police escort the ambulance carrying David Ortiz to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Ortiz was back in Boston on Monday night for medical care, a day after authorities said the former Red Sox slugger affectionately known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic.
In this Monday, June 10, 2019 photo, police escort the ambulance carrying David Ortiz to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Ortiz was back in Boston on Monday night for medical care, a day after authorities said the former Red Sox slugger affectionately known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic. (Chris Christo/AP)

Ortiz’s return to Boston took place as the Sox were playing the Texas Rangers in Fenway Park. The ballpark video board sent the message “We send our love to David Ortiz” before the game, and the the crowd began chanting “Papi! Papi!” when photos of fans wearing Ortiz’s No. 34 jersey were flashed on the board.

There was no update on the condition of Ortiz, who underwent six hours of surgery in the Dominican after the Sunday night attack. Ortiz was out with a friend when the shooter marched up from behind inside the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo, firing a single shot into the stunned 10-time All-Star.

Ortiz initially remained in the intensive care unit at a San Domingo hospital after doctors removed his gallbladder and a piece of his intestines. The slugging designated hitter also suffered some liver damage when the bullet tore into his back.