LAS CRUCES — Las Cruces police say a 3-year-old girl shot in a suspected road rage incident is in stable condition. Additionally, police have released details of the alleged shooter and Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that could identify the shooter.
The girl, who was in the backseat of a black Ford pickup truck, was shot Friday afternoon near the intersection of Amador Avenue and Valley Drive.
Prior to the shooting, police believe the occupants of the Ford pickup truck and a dark blue Honda Civic engaged in a ‘road rage altercation’ around 3:50 p.m. near where Amador crossed the lane railway, according to a press release.
Near the intersection of Amador and Valley, the Civic pulled alongside the pickup and the passenger fired at least one bullet at the truck, police said.
The driver of the van, the girl’s father, rushed his daughter to MountainView Regional Medical Center where she initially received treatment, 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 with a temporary or dealer tag. The woman driving the Civic is described as Hispanic with dark hair. His passenger, the man who discharged the gun, is described as Hispanic with a fair complexion.
Anyone with information that can help identify the man suspected of being responsible for this shooting, or the possible location of the blue Honda Civic, is asked to call 911. Advice 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.