Ortiz was shot in the lower back, with the bullet passing through his body. Doctors told local media the 10-time All-Star and two-time World Series MVP was in stable condition.
Ortiz is a beloved figure beyond Boston and not just for his heroics with a bat. He is active with a number of charitable causes in both the United States and the Dominican Republic, where he was born.
Athletes and fans alike shared messages of support on Twitter:
I’m at peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) June 10, 2019
Me siento tranquilo de saber que estás fuera de peligro, usted es fuerte Compai, ya quiero oírle la voz. Orando, nos vemos pronto pic.twitter.com/jdSnNsM7eI
Hoping David Ortiz is okay.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 10, 2019
This is awful. Prayers for Big Papi and his family.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 10, 2019
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to @davidortiz and his family.— david wells (@BoomerWells33) June 10, 2019
If you shoot David Ortiz in Santo Domingo, DR....you better get your ass off that island as quick as possible.— Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) June 10, 2019
Prayers up for my bro @davidortiz man. One of the best human beings I’ve ever met. Hate seeing that. Hoping for the best! 🙏🏾— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) June 10, 2019
Keeping @davidortiz in my prayers. God willing he will be okay and recover quick. 🙏🏻🙏🏻— Gleyber Torres (@TorresGleyber) June 10, 2019
David Ortiz better be ok or I am fighting EVERY BODY— cassie (@cassrileyy) June 10, 2019
Pull thru Big Papi🙏🏾. Dang what a world we live in😔— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) June 10, 2019
This was David Ortiz when my city got attacked. At the forefront, ready to carry us all. How could we not do the same when he’s hurting? pic.twitter.com/417ZaibBkt— Goalie Mick (Hockey) (@ColeyMick) June 10, 2019
I've known Big Papi since he was just David Ortiz. He is one of the most beloved figures in any sport. Praying for my hermano Escarlata. Please be ok, please 🙏#BostonStrong@EscogidoBBClub@RedSoxpic.twitter.com/RoZZ95je3A— Nelson Figueroa Jr. (@FiggieNY) June 10, 2019
Hoping David Ortiz recovers from gunshot wound!!Senseless death of Gerald Brown in Baltimore! When is gun violence going to stop! Value lives of others!! @masnOrioles— Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) June 10, 2019
Prayers for my brother @davidortiz 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽...hearing all this news is so disheartening☹️— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) June 10, 2019
Sad to hear the news about my brother @davidortiz one of the best person on an off the field. Get well soon brother.— El Gocho believe it! (@johansantana) June 10, 2019
Praying for my man big Papi. Not a better person I’ve ever met in baseball. Pulling for you 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/3dQBEtQmB0— Dontrelle Willis (@DTrainMLB) June 10, 2019
Prayers for Big Papi!— Mr. Irrelevant (@RealJoshReddick) June 10, 2019
Horrible news about David Ortiz. Praying he’s able to pull through— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) June 10, 2019
I swear to fucking God if someone takes David Ortiz away from me I’m gonna go ballistic.— Savage Boston Sports 🇺🇸🍀 (@SavageBoston) June 10, 2019
Please Big Papi. You can pull through.