Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is recovering from surgery after being shot Sunday at a club in his native Dominican Republic, according to police.
Ortiz was shot in the back by a motorcyclist who approached Ortiz at the Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo, said Felix Durán Mejia, a spokesman for the Dominican National Police.
"The bullet went through his stomach," Durán Mejia told CNN. Ortiz, 43, is in stable condition after undergoing surgery.
Surveillance footage from the club shows an area of packed tables. Clubgoers are drinking, mingling and fiddling with their phones when a shooter approaches from the top of the screen, the short clip, obtained by CNN affiliate Telesistema, shows.
Only the shooter's legs are visible when a shot is fired and one of the club's patrons falls out of his chair, the video shows. Frightened bystanders knock over chairs as they flee.
Ortiz's father, Leo Ortiz, spoke to reporters outside the hospital after his son's surgery.
"He is resting right now. He is stable," he said in Spanish.
A second person, television host Jhoel Lopez, who was with Ortiz, was also shot, according to his wife, Liza Blanco.
"They were both on their backs. It was very fast. He doesn't remember much because he was also in shock from the bullet wound," Blanco told reporters in Spanish. "But thank God he is stable."
Suspects in custody
Multiple people have been detained in connection with the shooting, Durán Mejia said. It's unclear whether those detained include the motorcyclist.
One of the suspects is being treated at a local hospital, the Dominican Health Service said in a statement. The suspect, the statement said, was hit and attacked by bystanders immediately after Ortiz was shot.
National police have not formally interviewed David Ortiz, said spokesman Capt. Luis Manuel Pimentel, adding that the former ballplayer was "pretty beat up." Police continue to pore over the evidence and will speak to Ortiz soon, he said.