A 6-year-old San Antonio girl is recovering from a gunshot wound in a suspected road rage incident just before New Year's Eve.
The girl's parents were in a Chrysler sedan looking for a tire shop around 8:30 p.m. on December 29, when their GPS changed routes and caused her father to have to turn around inside a housing complex on the city's east side.
According to police, the girl's father said his headlights shined on a man sitting inside a silver Chevrolet Impala in the housing complex, and the man became upset and exited his vehicle, throwing his arms up and shouting, "Hey, why are you shining your lights on me?" The two men got into a shouting match, and that's when the man driving the Impala pulled a gun and shot at the Chrysler—where the other man's wife and 5- and 6-year-old daughters were.
The father told police he heard five shots and drove into the complex toward an exit gate to get away, but the shooter continued to follow his family's car. The shooter fired four more shots as the family's vehicle approached the gate, and one of the bullets hit the 6-year-old girl in the back on her upper left side. When the shooter drove away, the family reportedly called police. The girl's father continued driving to a Motel 6 parking lot, where they spotted a patrol car and an EMS team later arrived.
The girl was transported in critical condition to University Hospital, where she underwent surgery on December 30 to remove a bullet lodged near her spine. An update on her condition is not known, but police told local CBS news affiliate KENS-5 that they had a suspect in custody. The man was arrested on an unrelated warrant, but was driving a vehicle that matched the description of the shooter's, and police say he's a person of interest.
In another suspected road rage incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in October, a 4-year-old girl was killed when a motorist pulled up beside her father's truck and opened fire on them.