The alleged mastermind behind the attack that injured former Red Sox player David Ortiz may have ties to our area.
On Wednesday, the attorney general of the Dominican Republic announced the person who ordered the hit was Victor Hugo Gomez. Gomez, 43, of Katy, was identified as a suspect in Operation Wrecking Ball in March by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas.
He remains at large.
"Victor Hugo Gomez, we reiterate, is a fugitive of the United States justice system and he was last located in that country from where it is presumed he planned the attempt and thought up the plan to assassinate Sixto David Fernandez," said Jean Alain Rodríguez Sánchez, Dominican Republic Attorney General.
Rodríguez Sánchez adding that Ortiz was not the intended target. Instead, Gomez was after his own cousin Sixto David Fernandez because Gomez believed he tried turn him in to authorities in the Dominican Republic.
Ortiz and Fernandez were seating together at a bar in Santo Domingo when the shooting happened on June 9th.
"The evidence shows unequivocally and scientifically that the attack was directed specifically against Sixto David Fernandez who was a frequent customer at that establishment," added Rodríguez Sánchez.