Reward Hits $40K in Road Rage Killing of Boy, 3

Gunman opened fire after grandmother honked horn
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2016 2:14 AM CST
Reward Hits $40K in Road Rage Killing of Boy, 3
The reward includes $20,000 from the Little Rock Police Department.   (Cliff/Little Rock Police)

The FBI and the Little Rock Police Department are each offering a $20,000 reward in the hope of finding a driver who killed a little boy because he didn't like his grandmother's driving. The boy, 3-year-old Acen King, was fatally shot near a shopping center Saturday evening in what police say was a random act of road rage, NBC News reports. "Acen has been shot. Oh, my God!" the boy's grandmother, Kim King-Macon said in a 911 call released Monday. "I was at the stop sign and the guy blew a horn at me and I blew it back, and he shot, but I thought it was in the air. He shot at the car." Police say King-Macon didn't realize the boy had been hit until she arrived at the shopping center and found him slumped in his seat, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. Acen was pronounced dead in Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Police say they are looking for a tall black man who was driving an older model black Chevrolet Impala. Horrifyingly, this is the second time in the space of a few weeks that a toddler has been shot dead in a car in Little Rock, NPR reports. In an attack that remains unsolved, a 2-year-old girl who was sitting in her mother's lap was killed Nov. 22 by a shot fired from another vehicle. "This is the second time in less than a month that an infant child has been shot while traveling in a vehicle in our city," Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner told reporters. "As you can probably understand, that's very, very frustrating to our police agency, as it should be to our community." (More road rage stories.)

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