LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces police say a 3-year-old girl shot during a suspected road rage incident is in stable condition. Also, police have released some details about the suspected shooter and Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the shooter.
The girl, who was in the backseat of a black Ford pickup, was shot Friday afternoon near the intersection of Amador Avenue and Valley Drive
Before the shooting, police believe the occupants of the Ford pickup and a dark blue Honda Civic got into a “road rage altercation,” about 3:50 pm nearby where Amador crosses the railroad tracks, according to a news release.
Near the intersection of Amador and Valley, the Civic pulled alongside the pickup and the passenger fired at least one round at the truck, police said.
The driver of the pickup, the girl’s father, rushed his daughter to MountainView Regional Medical Center where she initially received care, police said. The toddler was airlifted to the University Medical Center in serious condition. She remains hospitalized on Saturday, police said, and her condition appears to be stable.
Police said the Honda Civic was last seen heading west on Amador Avenue. The Civic is described as dark blue in color with a temporary or dealer’s tag. The woman driving the Civic is described as Hispanic with dark hair. Her passenger, the man who discharged the firearm, is described as Hispanic with a light complexion.
Anyone with information that can help identify the man believed to be responsible for this shooting, or the possible location of the blue Honda Civic, is asked to call 911. Tips can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 . Tips can also be provided through the Las Cruces Crime Stoppers app, “P3 TIPS.” The app is available through the App Store on most devices.
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