A man arrested by Albuquerque police in connection with the shooting of a 4-year-old girl in a road rage incident has confessed, ABC News reports.
Tony Torrez, 32, was questioned by police on Oct. 21, as a person of interest in the murder of Lilly Garcia, who was shot in the head while she was sitting her family's truck on Oct. 20. Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden Jr. said Torrez later confessed to the shooting during questioning.
Police say Lilly was riding in the truck with her parents on Interstate 40 westbound, when a car pulled up beside them and someone started firing rounds into the truck. The family pulled off to the side of the road until help arrived, reports KOB.
An off-duty Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped to help the family at 3 p.m., according to the Daily Mail. The officer initially had thought Lilly had fallen out of the car, but soon realized she had been shot. She was rushed to a hospital where she later died, Eden said.
Lilly's mother said the family's 7-year-old son was also in the truck at the time.
A manhunt for the suspect began soon afterward, and Torrez was arrested after police received an anonymous tip.
"This is a complete disrespect of human life. This is something that should not be happening in Albuquerque, New Mexico," Eden said.
Lilly's father, Alan Garcia, was driving the car during the incident and spoke to ABC News about the family's grief.
“She was so proud to tell people she just turned 4," he told ABC. "She just started school two days ago. She was very bright and very smart. She is my world.”
A GoFundMe page was created to pay for Lilly's funeral expenses.
Torrez has been charged with an open count of murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, shooting at/from a motor vehicle, child abuse, child abuse resulting in death and tampering with evidence, according to KOAT.