& # 39; Mastermind & # 39; wanted in connection with the shooting of the former Red Sox star David & # 39; Big Papi & # 39; Ortiz is arrested in the Dominican Republic and is revealed as a member of an international cocaine and heroin trade ring
- Victor Hugo Gómez was arrested on Friday by the Dominican national police
- The 43-year-old Dominican is considered the alleged mastermind behind the shooting that nearly killed Boston Red Sox, great David Ortiz, on June 9
- Big Papi had his gallbladder and part of his intestine removed by Dominican doctors after the bullet entered his back and went out through the abdomen
- Ortiz, winner of three World Series with the Red Sox, has been filmed in Boston since the day after the shooting
- Dominican authorities investigating the case say that klapensen & # 39; Big Papi & # 39; confuse with Sixto David Fernández, the cousin of Gómez
- Researchers said Gómez ordered the hit on Fernández, which he denied in a video recording shortly before he was arrested
Authorities in the Dominican Republic said that the alleged brain behind the shooting of Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz was arrested Friday.
Víctor Hugo Gómez, 43, was arrested three weeks after Ortiz was nearly killed during a night out with good friends at a local bar in his home town of Santo Domingo, during an operation on Friday morning in the Caribbean country.
No further details were released immediately.
The authorities had said last week that they believed Gómez lived in the US
He is accused of having imposed the murder on his cousin Sixto David Fernández.
Authorities say that hit people & # 39; Big Papi & # 39; confused with Fernández during the shooting on June 9 in a bar in the capital of Santo Domingo. The two men are friends and share a table.
The Dominican authorities announced the arrest of the alleged mastermind of a shooting in the Dominican Republic on June 9, which almost lasted the life of David Ortiz (photo)
Víctor Hugo Gómez, 43, was arrested just three weeks after Ortiz was killed during an operation on Friday morning in the Caribbean country
The target of the shooting was Sixto David Fernández (right), the nephew of Víctor Hugo Gómez, but David Ortiz was wounded instead.
43-year-old Ortiz was flown to Boston one day after the incident and stays in the hospital after doctors in the Dominican Republic had removed his gallbladder and part of his gut.
Dominican authorities also hold several other suspects, including the shooter, Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz, 25, in connection with the shooting of Ortiz, a slugger who is loved in Boston because he had an 86-year drought in the championship in 2004 in the Red Sox help end. played in the World Series champion teams in 2007 and 2013.
When Ferreira-Cruz was led through a courtroom, he shouted at journalists in Spanish: & # 39; It wasn't David, it wasn't for David … was confused. & # 39;
The entire team would have received $ 8,000 to execute the failed murder plan.
A few hours before he was arrested, Gómez recorded a video claiming his innocence.
& # 39; In case something happens to me, I want to clarify the things that I have nothing to do with a murder or attempted murder against Sixto David Fernández and much less with David & # 39; Big Papi & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; I am a family man. I have seven children and I consider myself a good person, I do not harm anyone and I am not interested in harming anybody, ever, & said Gómez, who is being sought by the US authorities for drug trafficking.
& # 39; The reason why I am doing this video is because they are accusing me of ordering an attempt against Sixto David Hernandez, who was never interested or would do such a thing for whatever reason. & # 39;
Gómez & # 39; s arrest appeared with a mobile video call that he placed to his family in the Dominican Republic.
At the time of the attack, Ortiz was with TV personality Jhoel López and Fernández. Ortiz sat with his back to the street when he was shot in the background by a bullet that also injured López.
Víctor Hugo Gómez is being sought by the American authorities for drug trafficking
Both Fernández and Ortiz would wear white trousers, which led to the alleged confusion.
Fernández had denied that he had been the target and told the local radio show: & I am someone who has only one phone number. That works fairly. I am not a man with a good economic situation. I'm a normal, ordinary man.
& # 39; I am available when they want to examine me, I am going. But I have no enemy, no cat. I don't know where these rumors come from. & # 39;
The shooting was carried out by two men on a motorcycle who were followed by several suspects in two cars, the authorities said.
Eleven suspects have been arrested. US prosecutors said Ferreira-Cruz is being searched for armed robberies and firearms in New Jersey.
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