Boston Red Sox legend hospitalized after shooting

David Ortiz is recovering in a Dominican Republic hospital after he was shot once in the back at a nightclub in his hometown of Santo Domingo.
2:25 | 06/10/19

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David Ortiz, the Boston red sox legend, also known as big Papi, ambushed in a club in the Dominican Republic last night. We have the moment, you see him on the surveillance video. He was rushed to surgery overnight. The suspect is now in custody. Fans, former teammate, everyone sending thoughts and prayer, Eva pilgrim is here with the latest. Good morning. Good morning. He was sitting at a table chatting with a friend with out of nowhere, a man rushed in the club taking aim right at him. It's the brutal point blank shooting that brought David Ortiz inches from death, all captured on security camera. The man wildly known as big Papi is recovering in a Dominican Republic hospital. Watch here as he suddenly slumps the over. ABC news learned he was shot once in the back. The suspect fled on motorcycle before fleeing but police said he didn't get far, taken into custody outside the club. Overnight, Ortiz under going successful surgery but his injuries are serious. He pleaded, don't let me die. I'm a good man. His father reassuring fans. Telling reporters big Papi will be around a long time. MLB's biggest stars tweeted in solidarity. Alex Rodriguez tweeting, anxiously awaiting news. In the meantime, only prayers for David Ortiz. And Pedro Martinez getting emotional, writing I'm at peace knowing you out of dearng. Can't wait to hear your voice. The 43-year-old spent 20 seasons playing for the Boston red sox and was a fixture in the community. At the Boston marathon bombing, he delivered this memorable people. This Jersey that we wear today, it doesn't said red sox. It says Boston. There's no word on a motive at this hour. The suspect is at police headquarters this hour being questioned by investigators. And the police are crediting the crowd for jumping into action. They captured and beat up the alleged gunman, holding him until police arrived. I van, thanks very much.

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