Dominican politician’s son shot to death in Houston, police say

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The son of a Dominican Republic politician was shot and killed outside a gas station in Houston on Monday night in what police said they believed was a “targeted” drive-by shooting.

The Houston Police Department on Wednesday identified the man who was murdered as Luis Alfredo Pacheco Rojas, 34, son of Alfredo Pacheco, president of the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic. Another 29-year-old man who was wounded by gunfire in the attack has not yet been publicly identified.

Monday, when Pacheco and three men in a black Cadillac Escalade stopped at a gas station in southeast Houston, according to the Police Department.

The four men entered the gas station and immediately returned to the Escalade. It was at that point that four other men armed with what police called long guns arrived in two vehicles — a silver Dodge Charger and a silver Mercedes-Benz — and began shooting at the Escalade, said Deputy Chief Adrian Rodriguez of the Police Department. . he said in a press conference on monday.

The Police Department clarified in a statement Tuesday that two men were in the Dodge and another in the Mercedes.

Mr. Pacheco was shot and later pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the Police Department. The other man who was wounded by gunfire was “conscious and breathing” at a hospital Monday night, Chief Rodriguez said.

“I believe these individuals in the Escalade were the target,” Chief Rodriguez said Monday.

Detectives were working to determine a possible motive for the shooting, the Police Department said. Authorities were also searching for the four gunmen who fled the gas station after the shooting. Chief Rodriguez described them as Hispanic men between 20 and 30 years old.

The Police Department on Tuesday published photos of the gunmen based on surveillance images.

In a post on X on TuesdayAlfredo Pacheco said his son had been living outside the country.

“I sincerely thank friends and colleagues for their solidarity during this difficult time,” he wrote in the post.

Alfredo Pacheco has worked in politics since the 1990s and since 2020 has presided over the Chamber of Deputies, part of the legislative branch of the Dominican Republic. He is also a member of the National Council of the Judiciary since 2020, the body in charge of evaluating and electing the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice, the Superior Electoral Court and the Constitutional Court.

Hogla Enecia Pérez contributed reporting from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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