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Dominican Police Arrest 'Mastermind' of David Ortiz Shooting

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 09:  Former MLB player David Ortiz waves before the home opener between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on April 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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On Friday, authorities in the Dominican Republic arrested the "mastermind" behind the shooting of Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz earlier this month.

The man behind the heinous act is said to be Victor Hugo Gomez.

"The National Police has apprehended Victor Hugo Gómez, designated as one of the masterminds of the attack in which former baseball player David Ortiz was injured," the Dominican police department Tweeted on Friday.

Gomez is accused of ordering the killing of his cousin, Sixto David Fernandez, the man Ortiz was mistaken for in the incident. Ever since it was reported as an assassination attempt on Ortiz, it was later determined the Red Sox legend was the wrong target in the shooting. Ortiz and Fernandez were sharing a table at the cafe they were at.

Ortiz was shot on June 9 and underwent several surgeries to repair several highly damaged organs. He was airlifted to Boston to continue his recovery and remains in good condition as he continues to make progress.