Mastermind in David Ortiz shooting arrested in the Dominican Republic

    By Amber Lee
    MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
    Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    Police in the Dominican Republic said Friday they arrested the mastermind behind the June 9 shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

    Per the Associated Press, Victor Hugo Gomez was taken into custody by Dominican authorities.

    Jean Alain Rodriguez Sanchez, the Dominican Republic attorney general, said Gomez orchestrated the attack from the United States. He was already being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force for his ties to a gang known as the Gulf Cartel.

    Prior to Gomez’s arrest, 11 suspects had been arrested in connection to the shooting.

    Leo Lopez, Ortiz’s media assistant, told ESPN’s Enrique Rojas the former MLB slugger had surgery to remove his gallbladder and parts of his intestines and colon.

    He was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital on June 10 and was moved out of intensive care in good condition June 22.