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Tragedy as child Christmas shopping with grandmother is shot dead

The grandmother drove to this JC Penny store in Little Rock and called for help. (Photo Source: Google Maps)
The grandmother drove to this JC Penney store in Little Rock, Arkansas, and called for help. (Photo source: Google Maps)

A toddler Christmas shopping with his grandmother on Saturday is dead as a result of a road rage incident. Police in Little Rock, Arkansas, are reporting that the grandmother was at a stop sign and a car behind her felt she was not moving fast enough. The driver of the car then opened fire on the grandmother hitting the 3-year-old boy. The man, described as tall and Black, then sped away from the scene.

The distraught grandmother drove to a JC Penney store at a nearby mall and called police. First responders transported the boy to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

This is the second young child shot dead in a road rage incident in the city in the last few weeks. The grandmother was uninjured in the attack and police have not released her name of her grandson. Police Lt. Steve McClanahan said investigators believe the boy and his grandmother “were completely innocent” and have no relationship with Saturday’s shooter, who is still being sought. He said the grandmother simply was “driving the car and was taking her grandson shopping when the incident occurred.”

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 are 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,” said Buckner.

Little Rock police are looking for an older black Chevrolet Impala. The police are unable to release a more detailed description of the man who was driving it.

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