Police are hunting for a man who fatally shot a three-year-old boy while he was out shopping with his grandmother on Saturday.
Acen King was shot dead when a driver opened fire on his grandmother’s car because she ‘wasn’t moving fast enough at a stop light,’ police said.
His grandmother Kim King-Macon, 47, of Little Rock, Arkansas, was with the boy and a one-year-old when another driver stepped out of his car and started shooting, hitting the boy at least once.
Family and friends shared photos of the little boy on social media.
King-Macon then drove to a nearby shopping center, where she called for police.
Cops responded at around 6.22pm and the boy was rushed to hospital, where he died.
The grandmother told police that a black Chevrolet Impala had pulled up behind her while she was parked at a stop light.
The other driver honked his horn, and King-Macon honked back, the police report said.
‘A black male then exited [the Impala] and fired one shot’, the report said. King-Macon then drove to the shopping center. It was only there that she discovered her grandson had been hit.
Both King-Macon and the one-year-old who was also in the vehicle were uninjured in the attack.
Police Lt Steve McClanahan said investigators believe the boy and his grandmother ‘were completely innocent’ and have no relationship with the shooter, who is currently at large.
Police were seen Saturday night inspecting King-Macon’s Dodge Charger, which was parked outside a JC Penney in the Shackleford Crossing shopping center.
No other description of the suspect has been released. Police have appealed to the public for help finding him.
Little Rock – home of former President Bill Clinton – has seen two infants die in road-rage gunfire in the past two months.
In November, a two-year-old girl was killed while being driven by her mom, Shunta Johnson, 37, when the driver of a passing vehicle fired into it.
The shooter in that case hasn’t been captured, and the girl has not been identified.
Police Chief Kenton Buckner said the road rage killings were frustrating for the police department and the community, especially because the young victims were ‘very innocent’ and ‘can do very little to protect themselves.’
‘We cannot have a community to where the least protected among us, being infants, who are dying these senseless crimes in our city,’ Buckner said.
He said he didn’t know if the children’s shootings were related.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction, Little Rock police tweeted Sunday.