Acen King, the 3-year-old Little Rock, Arkansas, road rage shooting victim, has been identified by the King families’ pastor. Scottie Long of The Mercy Church on Scott Hamilton Drive in Little Rock, Arkansas, came forward with Acen King’s name Sunday afternoon. Below, you can watch a video of Little Rock police chief Kenton Buckner discussing the tragic incident.
The Inquisitr previously reported on the Little Rock road rage shooting death of Acen King. At about 6:22 pm Saturday evening, Kim King-Macon, grandmother of 3-year-old Acen King, was driving her 2006 Dodge Charger with King and another 1-year-old child in the backseat. King-Macon stopped at a traffic light on Mabelvale Cutoff Road in Little Rock, Arkansas, intending on turning west. A black Chevrolet Impala then pulled up behind King-Macon at the traffic light, and the driver honked his horn. Kim King-Macon proceeded to honk her horn back while waiting for traffic to pass to make her turn. The situation then turned deadly.
According to Kim King-Macon, the driver of the Chevrolet Impala, who King-Macon describes as a black male, exited his vehicle with a firearm and fired a single shot, with Acen King and another young child in the backseat of the Charger. King-Macon, frightened but thinking that the suspect had fired the shot into the air, sped away and drove to Shackleford Crossings shopping center in western Little Rock, where she parked near a J.C. Penny store, where she was to drop off 3-year-old Acen King and the other child with other family members. It was here, around 6:30 pm, that King-Macon discovered that her grandson Acen King had been shot.
Acen King was rushed to a local hospital, but despite the efforts of medical personnel, the 3-year-old toddler died of his injuries Saturday evening in the Little Rock, Arkansas, road rage shooting incident, according to Arkansas Online.
Little Rock Pastors Speak Out On Acen King, Reward Offered
Scottie Long of The Mercy Church in southwest Little Rock, AR identified Acen King as the victim of the road rage shooting on Sunday. At The Mercy Church, Long and other pastors and community leaders held a joint service to call attention to the death of 3-year-old King and another toddler that have recently rocked the Little Rock community. Chris Carrigan of the Temple of Restoration Church led the prayer Sunday.
“We lost some family members, Lord. It’s just like our own little sisters and brothers, Lord… Lord, we ask that you touch those families in a mighty way.”
Little Rock, Arkansas police chief also Kenton Buckner shared his frustration with the violence in his community and at the tragic loss of Acen King and other young toddlers.
“As you can probably understand that’s very, very frustrating to our police agency, as it should be to our community. We cannot have a community to where the least protected among us — being infants — are dying [in] these senseless crimes in our city.”
The city of Little Rock announced Sunday that they are offering a $20,000 reward for information in the Acen King shooting that will lead to the arrest of the person responsible.
This is 3-yr-old Acen King, the victim of last night's road rage. The shooter fired after King's grandma took too long at a stop sign. pic.twitter.com/rPSQD5MLpx— Janelle Lilley (@KATVJanelle) December 18, 2016
The Acen King road rage shooting is sadly not the only incident involving the death of a toddler in Little Rock, AR in recent weeks. On November 22, a 2-year-old girl, Ramiya Reed, was killed in a similar shooting as she sat in the backseat of her mother’s vehicle. That shooting is also unsolved at this time, and another $20,000 reward is being offered by the city of Little Rock in that case. Steve McClanahan, a spokesman for the Little Rock Police Department, discussed the recent violence in a statement.
“We have no tolerance for senseless violence in our city… We want to make sure we can get this solved just as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information about the Little Rock road rage shooting of Acen King or the shooting of Ramiya Reed is asked to call (501) 371-4636 or (501) 340-8477 to help solve these senseless crimes.
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