UPDATE: A man has been charged with the road rage shooting of a 4-year-old toddler.
The police announced that Tony Torrez, 32, admitted to shooting the little girl just a few hours after announcing they had a person of interest in custody, Yahoo News reports.
Torrez has been charged with a series of weapons violations in the death of the child who has been identified as Lilly Garcia.
"This evening, Torrez confessed to investigators he was responsible for the murder," police said in a statement last night.
When the story first broke, it was reported that Lilly's death was the result of a road rage incident, but it was unclear if the vehicle she was in was actually involved in the dispute.
Lilly's father told police that he was trying to exit the highway when a car forced him out of his lane. The two drivers exchanged words before Torrez pulled out a gun and shot.
Lilly's life can never be restored ... but at least her family can now have closure knowing that the man responsible for her death has been caught.
A 4-year-old girl has died after she was caught in the crossfire during a road rage incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“This is a complete disrespect of human life, and we’re starting to see this throughout this nation. This is something that should not be happening in Albuquerque, New Mexico, let alone anywhere else in the United States,” Police Chief Gordon Eden reportedly said at a press conference. “We need to rise up as a community and say enough is enough,” he added.
The toddler was found in her parents’ car by an off-duty deputy after her parents pulled to the side of the road after shots were fired.
The girl’s parents were not injured and they reportedly did not know the people involved in the incident or the shooter. Neither party involved has been identified.
This initially causes outrage because a 4-year-old child lost her life before it even began in a senseless act of violence. But, in addition to the tragedy that came from the dispute is the disturbing fact that this shooter even felt the need at all to try to take someone’s life over a petty bout of road rage.
I understand those angry moments on the road when a terrible driver makes me wish I could just ram into them like bumper cars – but as a sane, reasonable human being I know that I could never do that. It wouldn’t even be worth it.
Looking at the even bigger picture, when the shooter chose to pull out a gun he wasn’t just disregarding his enemy’s life or the lives of people in surrounding vehicles, but he was jeopardizing his own life.
If someone doesn’t give a hoot about their life, how can you expect them to value anyone else’s?
I certainly couldn’t imagine allowing somebody’s bad driving to enrage me enough to risk my own life in the process of retaliation.
The incident is under investigation, but authorities have not discussed the cause of the dispute with the toddler's parents yet to allow them time to grieve, Raw Story reports.
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