Suspect arrested in road-rage killing of 3-year-old boy

Posted at 9:07 AM, Dec 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-23 10:04:02-05
Photo of Acen King, 3, the shooting victim in an Arkansas road rage incident. (CNN)

Photo of Acen King, 3, the shooting victim in an Arkansas road rage incident. (CNN)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Police say they’ve captured the man accused of shooting and killing a 3-year-old boy during an apparent road rage case in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Gary Holmes, 33, faces capital murder and terroristic act charges in connection with the shooting, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Cody Burk said.

The arrest comes almost a week after Acen King was gunned down in the back seat of his grandmother’s car.

The shooting sparked a community outcry, and police had offered a $40,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The boy’s grandmother told police the incident began when a man in a car behind her at a stop sign started honking his horn, apparently upset she wasn’t moving quickly enough. The grandmother honked her horn, too.

Then, police said, the man got out of his black Chevrolet Impala and fired into her car.

“One shot was fired, and it went through the vehicle and hit the child,” said Lt. Steven McClanahan, Little Rock police spokesman.

Not realizing that the boy had been hit, the woman drove to a J.C. Penney about nine miles away. When she went to get her grandson out of the car, she saw that King was wounded, according to a police incident report.

“She didn’t know he was shot,” a bystander told the 911 operator after speaking with the grandmother.

One of the callers, describing to the 911 operator what had happened, said the grandmother feverishly performed CPR after seeing the child had suffered a neck wound.

The boy was transferred to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A 1-year-old was also in the car at the time of the shooting, according to the police report.

Police said they believe the grandmother and the slain boy had no relationship with the gunman.