Man is arrested in road rage killing of four-year-old girl who was shot dead in front of her father in New Mexico
Albuquerque police say a man arrested Wednesday over the alleged road rage killing of a four-year-old girl a day earlier has confessed to the shooting.
Tony Torrez, 32, has been charged with various counts and was being held in lieu of $650,000 cash-only bail Wednesday.
Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden Jr. told NBC News that Torrez confessed to the shooting during question.
He had been arrested earlier in the day as a person of interest in the ca\se.
The child, Lilly Garcia, died after she was shot in the head when the gunman confronted her father on the westbound Interstate-40 on Tuesday afternoon, police and local media reports said.
'Confession': Albuquerque police say that Tony Torrez, 32, admitted shooting Lilly Garcia, 4, in an alleged road rage attack on Interstate 40 on Tuesday. Torrez was arrested Wednesday as a person of interest
The arrest follows the publication earlier on Wednesday of a description of the gunman.
Homicide detectives had said they were hunting the driver of a late model maroon or dark red Toyota four-door sedan, possibly a Corolla or Camry, with a spoiler, tinted windows and a gray UNM plate with a 'Lobo' logo.
'The person who engaged the girl's father in a road rage incident and then fired shots is a white male with a dark complexion, possibly Hispanic,' a police statement said.
He is in his mid-20s to early-30s with short dark hair, a thin goatee, and of average build. 'He was wearing a black shirt with gold or yellow writing on it,' the police department said.
Crime Stoppers had offered a $1,000 reward for information.
Police respond after a red vehicle (center) is shot at and the four-year-old girl inside it killed on I-40 near Unser in New Mexico on Tuesday afternoon
Lilly's mother, Veronica, told KOB that her seven-year-old son was also in the truck at the time of the shooting and that he will be interviewed by police on Wednesday.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to pay for Lilly's funeral expenses, and Veronica used the description on the page to reach out to witnesses.
She wrote: 'Most of you know my precious Lilly was taken from us today. I ask all of you is to please share the news stories and if anyone has information on what happen today, please contact APD.