A 4-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday afternoon in an apparent road-rage incident, PEOPLE confirms.
Gunfire erupted on Interstate 40 at around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The girl, who was riding in a car with her mom and dad, was fatally wounded after another vehicle pulled up alongside the family’s car and someone opened fire. She was hit in the head.
“This should have never happened. This is a complete disrespect of human life,” Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden told reporters on Tuesday, according to NBC News.
He pleaded for anyone with any information about the incident to come forward. “We have absolutely no suspect information at this time,” Eden added. “We are in desperate need of information to help us resolve the conflicting information we’re getting right now.”
The highway was crowded with mid-afternoon traffic at the time. “We know that people had to have been witnesses,” Eden said.
The girl’s parents were not injured in the shooting, police said. Authorities do not believe the family knew the gunman.
A witness told KOB that she saw two cars involved in a road-rage incident: a red truck and a red sedan. “The red truck was not allowing the red car to pass [and] kept swerving from lane to lane to keep the vehicle behind them,” Jonell Tafoya said.
In a statement, police described the suspect who allegedly fired at the girl as a white male his mid 20s to early 30s with short dark hair and a dark complexion. He has a thin manicured goatee around his mouth, a thin face, soft jaw and average build, and he was wearing a black shirt with gold or yellow writing on it at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call 505-242-COPS.
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