Police: East valley shooting suspect in relationship with victim’s niece

This story was modified to correct the last name of Raul “Sparks” Gonzalez, which was incorrectly spelled.

Raul “Sparks” Gonzalez told Las Vegas police he fired multiple rounds through Eric Paul Montoya’s front door Tuesday morning, heard screaming inside and thought the man was faking, according to his arrest report.

Gonzalez, who was in a relationship with Montoya’s niece, then fled the scene.

Gonzalez told police Montoya had asked him for backup while he “beat up a taco vendor for money,” but Gonzalez came to believe that Montoya was going to beat him up after Montoya changed the plans.

So about 6 a.m. Tuesday, Gonzalez went to Montoya’s house in the 1600 block of White Skies Court, near Nellis Boulevard and Owens Avenue, and rang the doorbell. When a light came on in the house, Gonzalez fired five shots through the front door, two of which hit Montoya, according to police.

The suspect also claimed to be an informant for the police and FBI. Police did not respond to his claim.

Police said 33-year-old Raul Gonzalez was convicted of “voluntary manslaughter with use of a deadly weapon with intent to promote, further or assist a criminal gang” in 2002.

Gonzalez was arrested Wednesday in connection with the homicide of Montoya, 35. Gonzalez now faces charges including murder and discharging a gun into an occupied building.

Contact reporter Kimber Laux at klaux@reviewjournal.com or at 702-383-0391.


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