LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP and KARK-TV) — A $20,000 dollar reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed a 3-year-old in Little Rock, Arkansas Saturday night.
According to police, a road rage incident led to the shooting of 3-year-old Acen King.
The boy’s grandmother was at a stop sign at that intersection when she says a black Chevrolet Impala pulled up behind her and the driver honked his horn.
The driver of the Impala then got out of his vehicle and fired one shot at the car, according to the initial report from police.
The grandmother continued driving to a nearby JCPenney and noticed her grandson was shot after arriving at the store.
The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died shortly after, becoming the second young child shot dead in a road rage incident in the city in the last few weeks.
The grandmother, who wasn’t struck, drove away and called police from a shopping center.
Police Lt. Steve McClanahan said investigators believe the boy and his grandmother “were completely innocent” and have no relationship with Saturday’s shooter, who was being sought. He said the grandmother simply was “driving the car and was taking her grandson shopping when the incident occurred.”
Last month, a 2-year-old girl was killed when a car drove by and someone fired into her vehicle; the shooter in that case hasn’t been captured.
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.