An Arkansas man was charged with capital murder late Thursday in the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old boy last weekend — described as a case of "road rage" over a delay at a stop sign.
The suspect — identified as 33-year-old Gary Holmes — surrendered to police Thursday night after he was wanted on a warrant, Little Rock police Lt. Steve McClanahan told NBC News.
Gary Holmes, 33, of Little Rock, Arkansas, is accused of killing a 3-year-old boy. Provided by the Pulaski County Sheriff PIO via KARK
McClanahan would not release further information, but the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office confirmed the capital murder charge against Holmes as well as two counts of terroristic acts stemming from Saturday's incident.
Toddler Acen King was shot while his grandmother, Kim King-Macon, was driving during a shopping trip Saturday afternoon. The gunman was apparently angry that King-Macon "wasn't moving fast enough at a stop sign," McClanahan said at the time.
The shooting prompted the city of Little Rock and the FBI to offer $40,000 in reward money for information leading to the shooter.
In a 911 call released Monday by police, King-Macon described her version of events: "I was at the stop sign and the guy blew a horn at me and I blew it back, and he shot, but I thought it was in the air. He shot at the car!"
King-Macon had driven to a JCPenney, but only realized what happened to her grandson after she found him slumped over in the back of the car. Police were called to the shopping center at around 6:20 p.m. CT (7:20 p.m. ET).
"Acen has been shot, oh my God!" the anguished grandmother screamed to a 911 dispatcher.
The boy was rushed to a hospital where he died, authorities said.
Acen King Courtesy Pastor Terrance "Scotty" Long
At the time, police said they were looking for an older model black Chevrolet Impala and a tall African-American man. McClanahan has said investigators believe the grandmother is "completely innocent" in the incident. She was not hurt.
Holmes of Little Rock was booked into the Pulaski County jail just before 11 p.m. Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Harris for the Eastern District of Arkansas confirmed Holmes surrendered to police and has been charged in state court with murder.
A court date was set for Dec. 29,
Holmes has been arrested previously, including for aggravated battery and robbery in 2002 and domestic battery in 2013, according to KARK.