4-year-old girl shot and killed in what Albuquerque police believes was a case of road rage

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UPDATE - A man has been taken into custody in connection with a road rage incident that left a 4-year-old girl dead, police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, said Wednesday.

Officials did not identify the individual, and said they were still looking for tips that could further the investigation.


ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Albuquerque police are trying to figure out why a driver shot and killed a 4-year-old girl riding in a vehicle with her parents.

A sheriff’s deputy spotted a disabled vehicle on interstate 40, on the city’s southwest side. Inside the vehicle, a frantic father saying his daughter had just been shot.

The father told police he and the mother were riding in the front seat and the girl was in the back when a man pulled up alongside their vehicle and opened fire, hitting the girl in the head.

"I've seen tragic loss of children in car crashes. To me this is one of those crimes, which is unexplainable,” said Albuquerque police chief Gordon Eden.

Police closed off the westbound portion of the interstate for six hours as they searched for evidence. It’s a busy stretch of highway, so they hope someone saw it and will come forward.

Right now, police are not releasing details because of conflicting information.

The girl was taken to hospital where she died.

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