Girl (4) shot dead in road rage incident in US
Published 21/10/2015 | 06:49
A four-year-old girl was killed in an apparent 'road rage shooting' after a motorist pulled up alongside the car she was in and opened fire.
Police in the US state of New Mexico called the shooting "a terrible, tragic loss" and have implored people to come forward with any possible information about the as yet unidentified suspect.
The father of the young girl told police that an enraged driver pulled alongside his car and began to fire a weapon at the vehicle.
The little girl was rushed to hospital, but later died.
Her parents escaped injury.
The shooting took place in rush hour traffic on Tuesday evening (GMT) on Interstate 40 near the city of Albuquerque.
Police arrived on scene moments later, and found the child and her frantic parents inside the car.
Chief Gorden Eden of the Albuquerque Police issued a "desperate" appeal for witnesses, saying they were hunting for a "cold-blooded shooter".
“We are in desperate need of info to help us resolve the conflicting information we’re getting right now.
"We’re begging for the community’s help.”
The child's heartbroken father told police it was a case of road rage.
"The dad explained there was some type of road rage incident," said police spokesman Officer Simon Drobik.
"We have absolutely no suspect information at this time," Mr Drobik added, echoing police chief's Eden's plaintive appeal.
"We need the community's help. You had to have seen something. Please call us."
A woman who said she was on the road at the time of the incident told KOB-TV she saw a red truck driving erratically on I-40, and believes she saw the early stages of the tragic incident.
"We were actually behind the two vehicles that were in the middle of the road rage incident: red truck, red sedan," Jonelle Tafoya told the station.
"The red truck was not allowing the red car to pass [and] kept swerving from lane to lane to keep the vehicle behind them."
Ms Tafoya said she exited the highway out of fear something bad would happen, then later heard about the girl's death.
"I got the notification that something had occurred on my phone that a child had been shot in the head at Unser and I-40, and all I could think was, 'oh my God. That was it exactly. That was probably the road rage incident we had seen.'