Authorities in the Dominican Republic say former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was shot during an ambush attack.
Officials say Ortiz was at a club when a man on a motorcycle rode up, got off and opened fire.
Ortiz was hit in the back at nearly point-blank range.
The bullet exited through his stomach.
The 43-year-old was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery.
A nurse at the hospital tells CNN before he went into surgery, Ortiz begged the emergency room doctor “Please don’t let me die. I’m a good man.”
Doctor say Ortiz is out of surgery, listed in stable condition.
Ortiz’s father told reporters he has no idea why someone would have shot at his son.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target.
A police spokesman says multiple people were taken into custody in connection with the shooting.
According to police the gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar.
A spokesman says police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment before questioning him.