A man has allegedly confessed to fatally shooting 4-year-old Lilly Garcia during a road-rage incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday afternoon.
Police arrested 32-year-old Tony Torrez on Wednesday just a day after making a public plea for help in apprehending whoever was behind the shooting. Authorities said that multiple tips led them to Torrez.
Lilly had been with her father and 7-year-old brother in their red Dodge truck when another car pulled up next to them and began shooting into the vehicle on the westbound Interstate 40 Tuesday afternoon. Lilly was shot in the head and later died at the University of New Mexico Hospital.
“She was so proud to tell people she just turned 4,” Lilly’s father, Alan Garcia, told ABC. “She just started school two days ago. She was very bright and very smart.”
He added: “She is my world.”
“The father recognizing that he did in fact hear shots saw that his daughter was bleeding and pulled to the edge of the road and tried to administer first aid,” Albuquerque Police Department Chief Gorden Eden said at a press conference Wednesday. “The information we have received from the father is he heard multiple shots.”
Eden said it was unclear what led to the incident.
Police had earlier said they were looking for the driver of a 2014 or 2015 maroon or dark red Toyota sedan, possibly a Camry or Corolla, with an air spoiler on the trunk, dark tinted windows and a University of New Mexico license plate.
A total of $26,000 in rewards was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.
Torrez is charged with murder. He has not yet entered a plea.
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