ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - Albuquerque police appealed on Wednesday for the public's help in finding a gunman who killed a four-year-old girl during a road rage incident a day earlier in New Mexico's biggest city.
The child died when she was shot in the head after the suspect confronted her father on the westbound Insterstate-40 on Tuesday afternoon, police and local media reports said.
Homicide detectives are hunting the driver of a late model maroon or dark red Toyota four-door sedan, possibly a Corolla or Camry, with a spoiler, tinted windows and a gray UNM plate with a "Lobo" logo, the police department said in a statement.
"The person who engaged the girl's father in a road rage incident and then fired shots is a white male with a dark complexion, possibly Hispanic," the police statement said.
He is in his mid-20s to early-30s with short dark hair, a thin goatee, and of average build. "He was wearing a black shirt with gold or yellow writing on it," the police department said.
Local media reports named the young victim as Lilly Garcia, and said she died after being rushed to a local hospital. She had been with her parents in their red four-door Dodge truck.
A Gofundme site set up by a relative to help pay for the girl's funeral includes a message apparently posted by Garcia's mother, Veronica, urging anyone with information about the shooter to get in touch with police.
"I need to catch the individual who took my baby from me, her Dad and her brother. I beg you, please please please share," the message read.
(Reporting by Joseph Kolb; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Sandra Maler)