Albuquerque road rage: 2 cars cut each other off, 4-year-old girl killed – CNN
Gunman opens fires on a family car, killing 4-year-old Lilly Garcia
Two cars cut each other off over two miles on Interstate 40 in Albuquerque
Police are searching for shooter in a dark red, 4-door Toyota sedan
Two vehicles were cutting each other off Tuesday afternoon on westbound Interstate 40, beginning near the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, said Officer Simon Drobik, a police spokesman.
A gunman in one car pulled up to the girl’s car and opened fire, Drobik said, citing information given by the girl’s father.
Killed was Lilly Garcia, said Mayor Richard Berry.
The father was driving a red pickup, and the mother and the girl’s 7-year-old brother also were inside, police said.
The gunman and his vehicle were still being sought, with a $10,000 reward offered, police said Wednesday.
Officials expressed shock at the shooting.
“I have never seen it before,” police Chief Gorden Eden said of the shooting. “I’ve seen tragic loss of children in car crashes. To me this is one of those crimes which is unexplainable.”
“I just can’t express how sad it is to know that something as simple as going down the freeway and your child dies because of road rage,” Gov. Susana Martinez said, according to CNN affiliate KRQE.
Said Mayor Berry: “The Garcia family is in the thoughts and prayers of our community and our nation. The senseless murder of four year old Lilly Garcia has broken our hearts and cut to the core of our community.
“Make no mistake; this act of violence will not go unanswered,” Berry said in a statement.
The suspected shooter was driving a maroon or dark red, four-door Toyota sedan, possibly a Corolla or Camry from 2014 or 2015, police said Wednesday.
The suspect’s sedan was “sportier” with dark tinted windows and a spoiler on the trunk, and the car has a gray UNM plate with the Lobo logo on the left hand and may contain the digits “200.”
The suspect was described as a man in mid 20s to early 30s, with short dark hair, possibly in a fade haircut, and with a thin manicured goatee around his mouth, police said.
The suspect was wearing a black shirt with gold or yellow writing on it, and his race is white with a dark complexion, possibly Hispanic. The suspect has a thin face, soft jaw and average build, police said.
Police had to shut down momentarily that two-mile …Read More
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