The Times-Tribune

Boy with grandma dies in road rage shooting

Gunman angry about delay at a stop sign.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — 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 JCPenney 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.

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