A four-year-old girl was shot to death in an apparent road-rage incident on a New Mexico throughway, where an unknown suspect pulled up beside the girl’s parents and began firing into their car, police said.
Albuquerque police appealed to the community Wednesday for any leads to find the shooter responsible for the killing on Interstate 40, saying they had no information about the suspect.
“We are in desperate need of info to help us resolve the conflicting information we’re getting right now,” Police Chief Gorden Eden said, Fox News reported.
“We’re begging for the community’s help,” Eden said.
The victim’s father told police that they were traveling west in their four-door Dodge truck when the killer pulled up alongside them and began firing, hitting the little girl in the head about 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to reports.
"The dad explained there was some type of road rage incident," said police spokesman Officer Simon Drobik, Fox News reported.
Neither parent was hurt and could not identify the suspect. It wasn’t clear what may have led to the incident.
The child’s father pulled over after the incident and emergency responders rushed the girl to University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Fox News reported.
"It looks like some sort of medical emergency, it's not an accident, but there's an adult holding, and it looked like, an unresponsive child," a caller told a 911 operator, according to a recording released by police.
Officials have not identified the child.
The suspect is described as a white man with a dark complexion or a Hispanic man in his mid-20s to early 30s, police said. He has short dark hair, possibly in a "fade" haircut, and a thin manicured goatee, a thin face, soft jaw and average build, cops said. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with gold or yellow writing on it.
Police said the shooter was driving a maroon or dark red four-door Toyota Corolla or Camry. It is an either 2014 or 2015, "sportier" model, with a spoiler on the trunk and darkly tinted windows, police said.
The car had a gray University of New Mexico plate that included the "Lobo" logo on the left side and may contain the digits "200," cops said.
Crimes Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of a suspect in this case. Anyone with any information is asked to call 505-843-STOP.