4-Year-Old Shot Dead in Road Rage Attack

Albuquerque cops plead for public's help
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2015 3:14 AM CDT
4-Year-Old Shot Dead in Road Rage Attack
Investigators are seen by a red pickup after the I-40 shooting.   (YouTube)

The chief of police in Albuquerque, NM, sounded completely outraged at a press conference Tuesday evening—with good reason. Chief Gordon Eden pleaded for the public's help in finding a suspect who shot a 4-year-old girl dead in an apparent road-rage attack, KOB reports. "This should have never happened. This is a complete disrespect of human life," the chief said. "It's 100% preventable. It did not have to happen, and we need to rise up as a community and say enough is enough." The chief said the girl was in a car with her parents when she was shot at around 3pm on Tuesday, and Interstate 40 was closed for hours during the search for evidence, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

A police spokesman tells the Journal that the girl's father has described the incident as road rage. "The cars were both moving westbound when one car pulled up against the other and started firing," the spokesman says. Chief Eden says the suspect is still at large, and since witnesses so far have given conflicting information, police are in "desperate need" of more information from the public, reports KOB. "It's a terrible, tragic loss, and it shouldn't have ever happened," he says. "This is one of those crimes [that] is unexplainable. There is no way to explain your way out of this." (This less deadly road-rage attack became a viral video.)

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