LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces police say a 3-year-old girl shot in a suspected traffic accident is in stable condition. Police have also 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 back seat of a black Ford pickup, was shot Friday afternoon at the intersection of Amador Avenue and Valley Drive.
According to a press release, the occupants of the Ford pickup and a dark blue Honda Civic got into a “traffic rage altercation” around 3:50 p.m., near where Amador is crossing the track before the shooting.
At the intersection of Amador and Valley, the Civic pulled past the pickup and the passenger fired at least one shot at the truck, police said.
The driver of the pickup, the girl’s father, rushed his daughter to MountainView Regional Medical Center, where she was initially treated, police said. The toddler was flown to the University Medical Center in serious condition. She will remain in hospital 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 tag. The woman driving the Civic is described as Hispanic with dark hair. Her passenger, the man who fired the firearm, is described as light-skinned Hispanic.
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 given anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be given through the Las Cruces Crime Stoppers app, ‘P3 TIPS’. The app is available on most devices through the App Store.
This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: Las Cruces police identify suspect’s car in shooting that injured toddler