9news: A 10-year-old girl was fatally shot and her father was wounded in their driveway in what may have started with a traffic dispute, US police said yesterday.
Sergeant Vince Lewis said the shooting that killed Summerbell Brown occurred on Wednesday night when a man in a ute, who had been following the family’s car, fired several gunshots after they arrived at their home.
The girl’s mother, who was in the front passenger seat, and sister were not injured.
The driver of the pickup then fled.
Lewis said the fact that the pickup was closely following the victims’ vehicle might indicate there’d been a traffic dispute.
He said there was no immediate indication that the family and the shooter knew each other.
“It’s possible that this was a road rage that started earlier in the area prior to the victim’s family arriving at home,” Lewis told local media.
The father, Dharquintium Brown, said that the shooting occurred after he got out of the car to confront the man who was following his car.
While police initially described Brown as critically wounded, he told local media he wasn’t badly injured.
The girl was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Brown, 37, called his daughter’s death “heinous” when reached by telephone yesterday morning.
He also said the family was working with police on a composite sketch of the suspect, but declined to comment further.
Police have since released footage from a nearby surveillance camera that shows a white pickup closely following the family’s car around 5.45pm local time.
The shooter is described as a Hispanic man between 30 and 40 years old wearing a long-sleeve orange shirt.
He was believed to be driving a white Ford F150 pickup with dark trim on the bottom. The vehicle has scrapes and damage on its left side above the rear tire, police said.
Source: Published by 9news