The police arrested a suspect in last week’s road rage killing of a three-year-old Arkansas boy from Christmas shopping with his grandmother.
Gregory Holmes, 33, was charged after surrendering to the police in Little Rock, Assistant district Attorney of the V. S. Patrick Harris said late Thursday. Holmes was the subject of national outrage and a $ 40,000 reward allegedly after the shooting the boy after he was furious when his grandmother is not fast enough after braking for a stop sign.
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KATV reported that Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola said a member of the family had in the suspect.
Holmes allegedly shot into the car, striking little Acen King with the fatal bullet on Dec. 17.
The grandmother, who was not hit, drove away and called the police from a shopping mall. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died shortly afterwards.
The police Lt. Steve McClanahan said the researchers believe that the boy and his grandmother are completely harmless and have no relationship with the shooter. He said the grandmother was just “driving the car and was with her grandson, shopping when the incident occurred.”
It wass the second deadly Little Rock road rage incident with a young child in the last few weeks. A 2-year-old girl was killed in November when a suspect who is still at large driven by the car she was riding in and opened fire.
“We can’t have a community where the least protected among us, the children, who are dying in these senseless crimes in our city,” Police chief Kenton Buckner said.
He said that he did not know if the children of the shootings were related.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.