Suspect accused of shooting 5 at party has lengthy criminal record

Is also in the U.S. illegally
Booking photo of Alberto Santacruz
Alberto Santacruz Photo credit LVMPD

Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - The man who is accused of shooting five people at a house party over the weekend is a two-time convicted felon.

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Alberto Santacruz, was taken into custody shortly after the shooting early Sunday, but police were not able to confirm his identity because he gave them a fake identification card. Santacruz is not a U.S. citizen who had been deported numerous times.

His previous convictions were for conspiracy to commit kidnapping in 2007 and possession of a controlled substance in 2015, according to the arrest report.

He is now facing several charges following a shooting that happened at a 50th birthday party after he allegedly got into a fight with another man in the backyard of the home on Holt Avenue near Lake Mead and Nellis.

According to the arrest report, Santacruz pulled out a gun and shot the man in the leg and then began to run from the yard, shooting at partygoers were chasing him.

As many as 15 people chased Santacruz into the street where he was tackled to the ground but continued to shoot his gun until someone stepped on his hand holding the gun and disarmed him, the report said.

Santacruz is facing a multitude of charges, including five for attempted murder.