‘Arkansas Road Rage Killer’: Police arrest man in connection with shooting a toddler in traffic

An Arkansas man was arrested on Thursday, in Pulaski County, in connection with a December road rage shooting in Little Rock that left a grandmother injured and her 3-year-old grandson dead.

New York Daily News reports that Gary Holmes, 33, turned himself into authorities without incident after his parents cooperated with the U.S. Marshals in convincing him to go to authorities peacefully. He’s charged with one felony count of making a terroristic act and one felony count of capital murder. The victim, identified as Acen King, was gunned down at a traffic light as he sat in the backseat of his grandmother’s car during a shopping trip. Authorities stated that Holmes had no connection to the victims, and the crime appears to be a random road rage incident.

According to court documents, Holmes reportedly became upset when Kim King-Macon, the grandmother, took too long to move through traffic. Holmes, driving a black 2003 Chevy Impala, started honking his horn, but when King-Macon honked back, Holmes allegedly became infuriated. He got out of his car with a gun in hand, and began shooting at King-Macon’s car, which held Acen and his 1-year-old little brother. While the 1-year-old was uninjured, bullets hit little Acen several times. He was later pronounced dead at a Little Rock hospital.

Holmes, a father himself, is a registered sex offender with a lengthy criminal record. Prior charges include 3rd degree domestic battery, failure to appear, and 4th degree sexual assault. He remains behind bars at the Pulaski County jail with no bail.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page was set up to help the family cover the funeral expenses and other medical costs for the victims. Acen was the 2nd child this month alone in Arkansas killed by gunshots while in a car.

[Feature Photo by Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department]