Person of interest arrested in road rage murder New Mexico toddler

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A person of interest has been taken into custody in connection with Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a 4-year-old girl on Interstate 40 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, police say.

“A person of interest from yesterday’s road rage homicide [was] just taken into custody at [Central and Sunset]. More info to follow. Waiting on warrants,” a spokesperson for the Albuquerque Police Department said on Wednesday. Other details about the arrest were not immediately available, but the spokesperson emphasized that tips are still needed.

A press conference had been scheduled for 8:30 p.m. local time to provide more information about the arrest, but the presser was unexpectedly canceled when a Albuquerque police officer was shot at a local store. The incident does not appear to be related to Tuesday’s killing.

Earlier on Wednesday, the City of Albuquerque announced rewards of $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death of 4-year-old Lilly Garcia.

The shooting happened on Tuesday afternoon in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 at Coors Boulevard after a road rage incident that involved two vehicles cutting each other off. During the incident, one of the vehicles came under fire, causing a bullet to strike the 4-year-old girl in the head. The child’s parents were also in the vehicle but were not injured.

After the shooting, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden, Jr. made a desperate plea and begged for the public’s help for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. “We are begging for the community’s help. This could’ve never happened. This is a complete disrespect of human life and we’re starting to see this throughout our nation, and this is something that should not be happening in Albuquerque,” he said on Tuesday.

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