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APD: 4 shot as man opens fire outside house party

Isaiah Perez (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Four people were shot and injured, including one juvenile, after police say a man opened fire on dozens of partygoers leaving a house early Saturday morning in Southwest Albuquerque.

Isaiah Perez, 22, was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on Saturday afternoon on several felonies, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, shooting at a dwelling or occupied building and tampering with evidence.

Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque police spokesman, said one of those shot was critically injured. He did not give the extent of the injuries to the other three people or provide the age of the juvenile.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court:

Officers responded after midnight to the 1700 block of Rayo del Sol SW, near Coors and Arenal, where four people had been shot during a house party attended by more than 60 people.

The barrage of bullets had gone through the walls of three houses and nine vehicles. Among those shot was a woman who was hit in the foot after a bullet went through a wall and a boy who was struck in the arm and thigh.

Perez returned to the scene to get his car and was arrested. He told police he had gone to the house party earlier and run into a man he “had issues with.”

Perez told police he beat the man unconscious before he was “sucker punched” by the man’s relative, sparking another fight. As Perez was leaving, a man handed him a “fully loaded handgun.” Perez then opened fire at “dozens of people” leaving the home.

“(Perez) shot the gun until it was empty and handed the gun back to the unidentified male,” an officer wrote.

Officers did not find the gun used, and Perez would not tell them where it was.

Perez has had numerous run-ins with police over the past several years, mostly for reckless driving and serious traffic violations.

But on July 4, 2019, he was charged after he was allegedly caught stealing tires with 19-year-old Izaiah Garcia — who would later be charged in the murder of Sean Markey, a 17-year-old Sandia High student killed when police say Garcia opened fire outside a homecoming party.

Most recently, detectives were surveilling Perez in December, calling him a “possible suspect in a shooting.” The court document doesn’t specify which shooting.

An APD spokesman said that case involves a shooting at a mobile home park that left three people wounded, including a teenage boy who was critically injured by a stray bullet as he slept in bed.

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