Child, 3, shot dead in road-rage incident
A THREE-year-old boy being taken on a Christmas shopping trip by his grandmother was shot dead when a motorist opened fire on her car.
Police in Little Rock, Arkansas - the home of former US president Bill Clinton - said the driver opened fire on the grandmother's Dodge Charger because he thought she "wasn't moving fast enough at a stop sign".
Kim King-Macon, 47, was driving her three-year-old grandson Acen King and a one-year-old when she slowed for a stop sign. A nearby driver began honking his horn at her when she legally stopped, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
King-Macon honked back at the male driver, who then got out of his car, a Chevrolet Impala, and fired one shot into the grandmother's vehicle.
King-Macon did not know where the bullet had hit and drove off from her attacker and went a short distance to a car park of the nearby JC Penney department store where she had planned to take her grandchild, police stated in a report.
It was only when she stopped her car did she realise her three-year-old grandson had been shot.
Acen King was pronounced dead at hospital.
Tonight's homicide was a road rage incident, the grandma and 3 year old victim are innocent and have no relationship w/ the suspect.— Little Rock Police (@LRpolice) December 18, 2016
No arrests have been made and police have issued a reward for any information. The assailant's car has not been found.
The killing comes after a two-year-old girl Ramiya Reed was shot dead when a car drove past and someone inside fired a shot into her vehicle in Little Rock on November 22. The murderer has not been caught.
The latest road rage killing is also the 40th murder in Little Rock this year.
"As you can probably understand that's very, very frustrating to our police agency, as it should be to our community," Little Rock Police Department Chief Kenton Buckner said at the scene.
"We cannot have a community to where the least protected among us - being infants - are dying [in] these senseless crimes in our city."
Scottie Long, of The Mercy Church, Little Rock, released Acen King's name earlier today.