Boy, 3, shot dead in road rage at­tack on car

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Lit­tle Rock, Arkansas

A 3-year-old boy be­ing taken on a shop­ping trip by his grand­mother was killed in a road rage shoot­ing when a driver opened fire on the grand­mother’s car be­cause he thought she “wasn’t mov­ing fast enough at a stop sign,” po­lice said.

The boy and his grand­mother were at the stop sign in south­west Lit­tle Rock on Satur­day evening when a driver, ap­par­ently an­gry about the de­lay, stepped out of his car and opened fire, po­lice said. The boy was struck by gun­fire at least once, they said.

The grand­mother, who wasn’t struck, drove away and called po­lice from a shop­ping cen­ter.

Po­lice ar­rived at the shop­ping cen­ter and found the boy in the car out­side a depart­ment store.

The boy was taken to a hos­pi­tal, where he died shortly af­ter, be­com­ing the sec­ond young child shot dead in a road rage in­ci­dent in the city in the last few weeks.

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. He 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. Po­lice did not re­lease a de­tailed de­scrip­tion of the man who was driv­ing it.

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.

Po­lice Chief Ken­ton Buck­ner said the road rage killings were frus­trat­ing for the po­lice depart­ment and the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially be­cause 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 (in) these sense­less crimes in our city,” Buck­ner said.

He said he didn’t know if the chil­dren’s shoot­ings were re­lated.

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