ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A shooting near a southwest Albuquerque community center killed an 8-year-old girl late Friday, police report.
Police described the scene, outside the Alamosa Community Center, as chaotic Friday evening.
Police said two 911 calls came in around 5:30p.m. One caller told dispatchers that shots were fired around near 68th and Gonzales Road SW. Police said the second 911 call reported a little girl had been shot and she was taken to a nearby fire station.
Officer Robert Gibbs said officers quickly swarmed the intersection where the gun shots rang out. Detectives said preliminary information revealed the 8-year-old was in a car with her father and two other men. They were heading east on Gonzales Rd.
Detectives believe the car was traveling toward the shooter or shooters who were on foot. That's when someone from the group started shooting at the car the girl was in.
Gibbs could not say how many shots were fired or how many times the girl was shot.
Police said after the girl, her father and another passenger were dropped off at a nearby fire station. The driver of the car took off.
Paramedics then rushed to the girl to the hospital where she died.
"Its very traumatic, detectives on scene are a little bit affected by it because it involves of an 8-year-old girl obviously an innocent bystander in this whole thing," Gibbs said.
Gibbs said the driver of the car, the girl was in, apparently had a misdemeanor warrant he was worried about and that is why he took off. Eventually, police were able to catch up with him.
They are not sure if the father, the driver, or the third man inside the car were the intended targets.
Police said they intend to interview all three men.
Gibbs said are looking for 3 to 4 offenders who were all wearing black. If anyone has information about the case they are asked to call Crimestoppers.
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