David Ortiz speaks out following near-fatal shooting

In an emotional interview, the Red Sox legend recounts his recovery after being shot in a case of mistaken identity.
2:28 | 09/14/19

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David Ortiz speaking out about the shooting that nearly cost him his life. ABC's Stephanie Ramos joins us with a preview of what big Papi said in an emotional interview with univision airing Sunday. Good morning to you, Stephanie. Reporter: Eva, good morning. David Ortiz says in this exclusive interview he doesn't understand why someone would want to ruin his life after all the sacrifices he's made over the years to achieve success. He says he is now demanding answers. Won't you please welcome the symbol of resilience, strength, triumph and love, our one and only big Papi, red sox hall of famer, number 34, David Ortiz. Reporter: After a surprise appearance at Fenway park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch this week, David Ortiz, the retired red sox hitter, speaking exclusively with univision fought back tears as he opened up for the first time about how he almost lost his life three months ago. Reporter: Ortiz says he had never felt this way before in his life feeling the need to the attack captured on this surveillance video, Ortiz out at a local nightclub in Santo Domingo as a gunman approaches from behind. Ortiz seen here slumping over, the bullet exiting his abdomen. His doctor in the Dominican Republic says the gunshot wound caused damage to his liver, small and large intestine. The baseball star undergoing three surgeries. In the interview Ortiz recounting those moments after being shot calling it a nightmare, how he was fighting to live hoping doctors could save him. Prosecutors say nearly a dozen suspects have been arrested and that the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. The bullet meant for someone else who was with Ortiz at that bar. God bless you all. Go, sox. Reporter: Or tease affectionately known as big Papi telling univision he doesn't understand why someone would try to hurt him or put him in that type of situation. Ortiz says he will not return to the Dominican Republic until authorities there have more answers about that shooting. Now, the full interview airs at 7:00 eastern time on Sunday on univision. And, guys, it's really unclear if he'll ever get those answers because he's the most beloved famous person in the Dominican Republic. He doesn't understand why someone would be after him or that it would be a case of mistaken identity. You can understand his security fears. Absolutely. Stephanie, thank you. Appreciate it.

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