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Fri Jun 28, 2019, 07:08 PM

Alleged organizer in David Ortiz shooting arrested in Dominican Republic

Source: NBC News

Alleged organizer in David Ortiz shooting arrested in Dominican Republic

Authorities said that the man planned a hit on his cousin but that Ortiz was shot in a case of mistaken identity.

June 28, 2019, 5:24 PM EDT
By Doha Madani

The man who allegedly organized a botched murder plot in which former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot was taken into custody Friday.

Victor Hugo Gómez was arrested in Santo Domingo for allegedly organizing a hit on his cousin, Sixto David Fernández, Dominican Republican authorities announced. Gómez, a fugitive believed to be part of the Del Golfo drug cartel in Mexico, orchestrated the attack on Fernández but the men who executed the hit mistook Ortiz for him, authorities said June 19.

Authorities said Friday that Gómez called his family in the United States through FaceTime during his arrest and that the family posted a video of the call online. The family also uploaded a video to YouTube on Friday in which Gómez declares his innocence.

Gómez alleged in the video that Fernández was known in Dominican Republic for connecting American tourists with drug dealers and that he had no reason to go after Fernández.

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Journalists take pictures of a projection of a man identified by authorities as Victor Hugo Gomez Vasquez, a suspected intellectual author of the attack against former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on June 19, 2019. (Roberto Guzman / AP file)

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