Little Rock police say they believe the shooting death of a 3-year-old child Saturday night was a result of a “road rage” episode
The child’s grandmother drove her car to a parking lot at Shackleford Crossing Saturday evening after a shot was fired into the car and struck the child in a back seat. Police issued this statement:
Tonight’s homicide was a road rage incident that occurred in SW Little Rock. The grandmother was driving the car and was taking her grandson shopping when the incident occurred. We believe she and the victim were completely innocent and they have no relationship with the suspect.
We are looking for an older black Chevrolet Impala being driven by a tall B/M. We need the publics help in locating the car and suspect. We must end senseless violence in our city. If you have information please contact Major Crimes at 371-4660. If the vehicle is located call 911.
It was the second fatal shooting of a young car passenger in less than a month. A two-year-old was killed by shots the struck a car near South Harrison Street on Nov. 22.
According to the report on last night’s shooting, Kim King-Macon, 47, told police her car was stopped at Mabelvale Cutoff and Warren Drive when a car pulled up behind her and its horn honked. She honked her horn. She said a man got out of the car behind her and fired one shot. She said she drove on to the shopping center and noticed the child had been shot when she got out of the car.
Arkansas Stop the Violence has scheduled a news conference to urge the shooter or people with information to come forward.
A news release later in the day said there was no a $20,000 reward for an arrest and conviction. It elaborated on the circumstances of the shooting in the 6700 block of Mabelvale Cutoff:
Ms. King-Macon stated that as she was waiting to turn westbound on to Mabelvale Cutoff, and it was raining very hard at this time. She then heard an older model black Chevrolet Im- pala that pulled up behind her honk his car horn. Ms. King-Macon stated that she began honking her vehicle’s horn and continued to wait for the traffic to pass on Mabelvale Cutoff. Ms. King-Macon stated that’s when she observed an unknown black male get out of the black Chevrolet impala and fire one (1) gunshot. Ms. King-Macon stated that she believed that the unknown black male fired the gunshot into the air, so she drove to the JC Penny parking lot where she was going to meet other family members to drop off the children. Ms. King- Macon stated that once she arrived at the parking lot she got out of her vehicle and she ob-served a bullet hole in her vehicle. Ms. King-Macon stated that she opened the rear passenger side door and noticed the victim slumped over in the seat and was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. MEMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to the hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and KARK identified the child as Acen King and the newspaper also said a one-year-old was in the car as well.