LITTLE ROCK, arkansas. – Newly released 911 recordings show a hectic, chaotic scene when a grandmother draws in a Little Rock shopping center, and discovered her 3-year-old grandson was shot in what the police describe as a road-rage kill.
“The wife says this little kid’s shot,” a female caller said on the 911 call, released Tuesday to The Associated Press under an open records request. According to the police, the grandmother, Kim King-Macon, was in her car at a stop sign in the pouring rain of Saturday, when a man driving a black Chevrolet Impala opened fire on her vehicle, fatally striking the boy.
King-Macon, told the police that they didn’t realize that her grandson had been shot until she pulled in the shopping center about 10 miles from where the shooting took place, and discovered the toddler slumped in his chair. No arrests have been made and the FBI said Monday it is participating in the research. A $ 40,000 reward has offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case.
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In the 911 recording, a coordinator asks the caller — an apparent bystander in the mall — for all suspect information. The caller shouts: “madam, do you know who did it?”
A woman, believed to be the King-Macon, is heard responding: “I was at the stop sign and the man blew the horn at me, and I blew it again. And he shot, but I thought he was a shot in the air. He shot in the car!”
Little Rock police have said there is no obvious connection between the King-Macon and the shooter, and described the shooting on Twitter as a “road rage incident.”
It is the second deadly shooting of a toddler in a month in Little Rock. In the last month, 2 years old, Ramiya Reed, who went by the nickname “TinkerBell”, was struck by gunfire while driving in the backseat of a car with her mother. No arrests have been made, in that case, and the police have said that they do not know whether the two shootings are connected.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson decried the violence in a state Capitol news conference to discuss his legislative agenda.
“Is there anything I should do as governor when you see a 3-year-old toddler shot?” Hutchinson says. “We have our patrol system? We have our incarceration policies? I wake up and think about it. …”
“It is even confirmed in my opinion that there is a deterrence benefit of a death penalty,” he said. “The people are responsible for the most serious violent crimes in our society.”