CRIME

Girl, 4, Killed During Apparent Road Rage Attack

"The best thing for you to do is to turn yourself in," top cop tells shooter.

Police in New Mexico are trying to identify the person responsible for a road rage shooting that claimed the life of a 4-year-old girl Tuesday.

"This is a complete disrespect of human life," Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden told KRQE News.

Speaking directly to the shooter, Eden said, "The best thing for you to do is to turn yourself in."

Authorities said the child was shot while she was riding in a vehicle with her father in the westbound lane of Interstate 40 on Tuesday afternoon.

"From what we understand, the cars were both moving," Officer Simon Drobik told KOAT News. "One car pulled up next to the other car and started firing rounds into that vehicle."

The father pulled his vehicle to the side of the road and shortly thereafter authorities arrived on the scene.

The child, who was reportedly shot in the head, was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said no one else was injured in the shooting. Investigators have yet to release the name of the victim or her family members.

"We owe them the highest degree of respect and a time for the family to be together," Eden told KRQE News. "It's a terrible tragic loss. We should never see these incidents happen in our community."

Eden said conflicting witness statements about the shooter's vehicle has investigators struggling to identify a suspect.

"We are begging for the community's help," Eden told reporters Tuesday, according to the "Today" show.  "This should have never happened."

Anyone with information is urged to call (505) 242-2677.

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