Police: Child shot, killed in N.M. in road-rage attack
Albuquerque, N.M. — Authorities searched for a suspect in a road-rage shooting Tuesday after the victim — a 4-year-old girl — died at an area hospital, according to Albuquerque police.
It wasn’t clear what may have led the incident on the city’s west side to escalate, and the girl’s name wasn’t immediately released.
She was rushed to a hospital, where she died, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said Tuesday evening.
A Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting, pulling up on the vehicle he believed was in distress to find the child inside, Officer Simon Drobik said. “The cars were both moving westbound when one car pulled up against the other and started firing,” Drobik said.
The child’s parents, also in the car, were not injured. Drobik said he didn’t know if the family is local or from out of state.
Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza confirmed police were searching for the assailant. Police have not yet released a description of the suspect’s car.
As police investigated, authorities shut down westbound traffic on a section of Interstate 40, one of two freeways running through New Mexico’s largest city.
“It’s a terrible, tragic loss,” Eden said at a news conference. “This is one of those crimes that is explainable. It’s 100 percent preventable. It did not have to happen. We need to rise up as a community and say enough is enough.”
The shooting comes after a road-rage shooting last month in which police say a man shot another driver in self-defense. The Sept. 9 shooting that wounded 34-year-old Jacoby Johnson is being reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office.