Police said a 3-year-old child was shot and killed in an apparent road-rage shooting in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Saturday night.
The suspect opened fire because the grandmother “wasn’t moving fast enough at a stop sign,” police told Fox News. They were stopped at a sign in southwestern Little Rock when a driver behind them opened fire after stepping out of his vehicle. The small child was hit at least once.
The grandmother wasn’t injured, and she called 911 from a shopping center after driving away. Authorities arrived at the center and found the child wounded in her car outside a JCPenney.
The boy was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
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We need your help locating an older black Chevrolet Impala being driven by a tall B/M. The incident occurred at Warren & Mablevale Cutoff.
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Investigators have been searching this car, right outside the store. pic.twitter.com/o4AlnPKQrK
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Little Rock Police said that the suspect, a tall black male, was riding in a black Chevrolet Impala.
“Tonight’s homicide was a road rage incident, the grandma and 3 year old victim are innocent and have no relationship w/ the suspect,” the police department tweeted.
Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner said shooting is a senseless act of violence.
“I certainly have no information to say that anyone in this family has done anything to cause [the loss of] this young person’s life but this is about as frustrating as you can be as a public safety official or just a plain citizen,” he said.
Last month, a 2-year-old girl was killed when a car drove by and someone fired into the vehicle she was in; the shooter in that case hasn’t been captured, AP reported. “We cannot have a community to where the least protected among us, being infants, who are dying [because of] these senseless crimes in our city,” Buckner added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.