Police in the Dominican Republic believe former Boston Red Sox star David "Big Papi" Ortiz was shot by two cops hired by a Dominican Republic drug lord who believed the baseball player was having an affair with his wife, DailyMail.com has learned.
Ortiz's father, Leo, confirmed his son was shot once, according to an ESPN report.
Two others were wounded during the attack, including Dominican television host Jhoel Lopez, possibly by the same bullet that passed through Ortiz.
The report criticized the legal system's failings in practice, however, saying they included torture by police, roundups, arbitrary detention, lengthy pretrial detentions, and harsh and life-threatening prison conditions.
"He is resting", the elder Ortiz said.
Ortiz played for the Red Sox from 2004-16 and won three World Series with Boston in 2004, 2007 and 2013.
As far as Ortiz, he is expected to make a full recovery after doctors were forced to remove part of Ortiz's intestines and colon, as well as his gallbladder.
His defense attorney said outside of court that his client drives a motorcycle taxi and that he may have unknowingly driven the shooter.
His wife Tiffany Ortiz released a statement Tuesday via the Red Sox.
Surveillance video showed a motorcyclist approaching Ortiz, who was seated with friends at a bar in downtown Santo Domingo, before a gunman shot him once in the back at almost point-blank range. The third person and the injuries he or she sustained were not identified.
The bar is in a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and expensive bars that Ortiz is known to frequent. About 10% of those players come from the Dominican Republic, including Chicago White Sox rookie Eloy Jimenez.
The events of last night shook our Red Sox family to its core. "He represents a lot", Jimenez said.
Boston Red Sox's Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz laugh during the pregame ceremony to honor Ortiz's retirement before his last regular season home game at Fenway Park, Oct. 2, 2016 in Boston.