Boy, 3, Killed By Driver Upset His Grandma Driving Too Slow

Apparent road rage shooting after woman 'wasn't moving fast enough at a stop sign'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 18, 2016 7:28 AM CST
Man Upset Grandma Driving Too Slow Shoots, Kills Boy, 3
One way signs and a stop sign in this file photo. A woman was taking her grandson shopping in Little Rock when a man frustrated she was driving too slow at a stop sign opened fire. The 3-year-old boy died.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A 3-year-old Arkansas boy on a shopping trip is dead after another driver decided that the boy's grandmother "wasn't moving fast enough at a stop sign," got out of his car, and opened fire in an apparent fit of road rage, reports the AP. The boy and his grandmother were at the stop sign in southwest Little Rock on Saturday evening when the other driver opened fire, police said. The boy was struck by gunfire at least once. The grandmother, who wasn't struck, drove away and called police from a shopping center. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died shortly after. "This is about as frustrated as you can be," Police Chief Kenton Buckner tells NBC News.

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. McClanahan said the grandmother simply was "driving the car and was taking her grandson shopping when the incident occurred." Police said they were looking for an older black Chevrolet Impala that was being driven by a tall black man; there was no further description. 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. Buckner said 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. (More road rage stories.)

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