Man held over New Mexico road-rage shooting that killed girl, four

Published: Thursday 22nd October 2015 by The News Editor

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Police in New Mexico have detained a man in connection with a road-rage shooting that killed a four-year-old girl and horrified the American public.

They announced the arrest soon after releasing a recording of an emergency call from the scene in Albuquerque.

In the minute-long call, a man is heard alerting an operator to a red pick-up truck on the central reservation on Interstate 40 on Albuquerque’s west side and saying a man appears to be holding an unresponsive child.

Police later said a person of interest was taken into custody over Tuesday’s shooting.

Authorities say Lilly Garcia was killed after a maroon or dark-red Toyota saloon pulled up beside her father’s truck and shots were fired into his vehicle.

The shooting happened after Lilly’s father picked her and her seven-year-old brother up from school.

Albuquerque police said the suspect in custody matched a description released earlier of a man in his mid-20s or early 30s with short dark hair, a thin face and goatee beard.

Police are also seeking a warrant to search an Albuquerque home and car.

Reward money for tips leading to an arrest in the shooting had grown to more than 25,000 dollars (£16,200).

Police said they struggled with the initial investigation and search for the assailant because of a storm that swept over the Albuquerque area soon after the shooting, witnesses’ varying descriptions of the suspect and a crime scene that could span two miles.

Published: Thursday 22nd October 2015 by The News Editor

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