An Arkansas man accused of fatally shooting a 3-year-old boy in a road rage incident has been jailed, New York Daily News is reporting.
Greg Holmes had turned himself over to Little Rock authorities after his parents pleaded with him to surrender. The 33-year-old man was booked and subsequently jailed on twin counts of carrying out a terroristic act and a single count of capital murder.
The three-year-old boy, Acen King, had gone shopping with his grandmother on December 17 when a driver opened fire on her car because she was driving too slowly. The grandmother, Kim King-Macon, was not hit and drove on for ten miles not knowing that her three-year-old grandson had been shot in the backseat. The 47-year-old only realized Acen had been hit after she pulled into a shopping center and saw the three-year-old slumped in his seat with a bullet wound in his neck.
In a desperate 911 call, King-Macon described what had happened, telling the dispatcher she thought the driver had only shot in the air.
“I was at the stop sign and the guy blew the horn at me and I blew it back and he shot but I thought he shot in the air. He shot in the car…My grandson’s been shot…Oh my god!”
The call was recorded moments before paramedics arrived at the scene, took the boy out of the car and hurriedly administered CPR. He was taken to the Arkansas Children Hospital where he later died. Police said the suspect was driving a black Chevrolet Impala.
They also confirmed that there was a one-year-old child also in the backseat of the vehicle. Little Rock police described the shooting as a “road rage incident” saying the shooter came down from his vehicle and shot once at the 47-year-old’s Dodge Charger vehicle.
In November, a two-year-old girl was shot to death in a car in Little Rock, Arkansas, while being driven by her 37-year-old mother. The driver had zipped past Shunta Johnson’s vehicle and fired into it. The shooter has not been caught. Police Chief Kenton Buckner said that road rage killings were despicable because the shooters were killing children who were “very innocent” and could “do very little to protect themselves.”
Nearly 100 people attended a candlelight vigil held in Acen’s honor Wednesday night where his grandmother said nothing could have prepared her for the tragic incident that occurred.
“In no shape, form or fashion, did I know anything of that magnitude was gonna take place.”
The memorial was held at the intersection where the little boy was shot. His grandmother who spoke for less than three minutes, on behalf of the family that opted to celebrate the young child who was brimming with life and touched everything around him with happiness. King-Macon said she did not understand why God took him away, but she thanked Him for the fortitude given to the family to bear the irreparable loss.
“My grand-baby brought joy to every single body and every soul he ever touched. It’s unfair for his life to be taken. I understand that God has another plan for him. I understand what He’s doing. I don’t understand why He’s doing it, but I thank Him for putting me where He has me today. “
People said they had spotted the Impala vehicle in the area before and believed that the shooter was visiting someone when the tragedy occurred. King-Macon had asked for anyone who knew the man to come forward at the time, adding that she was also familiar with the vehicle in the neighborhood.
Greg Holmes has an extensive rap sheet that includes domestic battery. The 33-year-old man could face the death penalty. His Facebook and Instagram profiles have incurred the wrath of many people who have peppered his pages with insults.
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