ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man taken into custody in the road rage killing of a 4-year-old girl in New Mexico has confessed to the shooting, authorities said.
Tony Torrez, 32, was taken into custody Wednesday in connection with the shooting on Interstate 40 in Albuquerque.
At the time of his detention, officers described him as a person of interest, and declined to name him pending further investigations. Authorities named him early Thursday.
“He confessed to the murder of little Lilly Garcia,” police Chief Gorden Eden said.
Torrez has been booked into custody and is being held on $650,000 bond, he said.
Authorities said their lead came after they received an anonymous call from a person who had information on the suspect.
Road rage incident
The incident started Tuesday afternoon when two vehicles cut each other, according to Officer Simon Drobik, a police spokesman.
One of the drivers pulled up to the vehicle carrying the girl and opened fire, Drobik said, citing information given by the victim’s father.
The father had just picked up Lilly and her 7-year-old brother from school. The children sat in the back seat, but their mother wasn’t in the car, Eden said.
The gunman is believed to have been the only occupant in his vehicle.
“There were two children in this truck that this animal decided to open fire on just because he happened to get cut off on the freeway,” said Tanner Tixier, another police spokesman.
Investigators were still trying to determine the number of shots fired.
“The information that we received from the father was that he heard multiple shots,” the police chief said.
The father pulled over his vehicle after the shooting and gave Lilly first aid.
“To have your child in your hands in such circumstances is going to live with the father for the rest of his life,” Eden said.
40 in Albuquerque, according to Officer Simon Drobik, another police spokesman.
The sole gunman, one of the drivers, pulled up to the vehicle carrying the girl and Said