3-year-old girl shot in head during road rage incident; police seek public’s help in locating suspect

Florida police are searching for a suspect after a 3-year-old girl was shot in the head during an apparent road rage incident that occurred early Sunday morning.

Authorities in Port St. Lucie said the girl, Preslie, was traveling with her father in his pickup truck, along with a 7-year-old sibling at the time of the shooting incident, the Treasure Coast Palm reports.

While the toddler was initially listed in critical condition, officials said that her condition has been upgraded. However, the magnitude of the injuries sustained aren’t yet known.

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“It is a wait-and-see,” Port St. Lucie Sgt. Joe Norkus said, according to the newspaper. “Only time will tell to see what the extent of the damage will be.”

The shooting reportedly occurred at about 2 a.m. in the 1000 block of Southeast Bywood Drive, and authorities have not yet determined what led to the gunfire.

“We know that something happened on Floresta (Drive) just south of Prima Vista (Boulevard),” Norkus told the news outlet.

Officials said the pickup and a sedan, perhaps a BMW, continued traveling on Southeast Bywood Avenue when the sedan passed the pickup at some point.

“That’s where the driver of the large truck did hear the gunshot but did not immediately know that the child was struck,” Norkus said. “Then the child started crying and then that’s when they stopped. They figured out what had happened and then called for help.”

Authorities do not believe the victim’s father engaged in the gunfire.

“At this time, we have a single version of events,” Norkus said. “That’s all we have at the moment.”

Police believe the sedan is a “newer model” black vehicle, with the driver described as being “possibly hispanic or light-skinned,” according to WPTV.

Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to contact Detective Aisha Hardison at 772-871-7324 or the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-8477.

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