Sunday, June 16

Son of Dominican Republic Politician Is Fatally Shot in Houston, Police Say

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

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

The incident began around 7 p.m. on Monday, when Mr. 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 went inside the gas station, and immediately afterward they returned to the Escalade. It was at that point that four other men who were armed with what the police called long guns arrived in two vehicles — a silver Dodge Charger and a silver Mercedes-Benz — and began shooting at the Escalade, Assistant Chief Adrian Rodriguez of the Police Department said at a news conference on Monday.

The Police Department clarified in a statement on Tuesday that two men had been in the Dodge, and that another man had been in the Mercedes.

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

“I do believe that these individuals in the Escalade were targeted,” Chief Rodriguez said on Monday.

Detectives were working to determine a possible motive for the shooting, the Police Department said. The authorities were also searching for the four gunmen who fled the gas station after the shooting. Chief Rodriguez described them as Hispanic men in their 20s or 30s.

The Police Department on Tuesday released photos of the gunmen from surveillance footage.

In a post on X on Tuesday, Alfredo Pacheco said that his son had been living out of the country.

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

Alfredo Pacheco has worked in politics since the 1990s, and since 2020, he has led the Chamber of Deputies, part of the legislative branch in the Dominican Republic. He has also been a member of the National Council of the Judiciary since 2020, the body responsible for evaluating and electing 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.