A 7-year-old boy riding in his mother’s car with his younger siblings was shot and killed Wednesday night in a possible road rage incident, according to police and reports.

The youngster, identified as Kakylen Greylen Harris, was in the rear seat shortly after 11 p.m. when a single shot from another vehicle hit him in the neck, Hickory police said at a press conference on Thursday.

His mother pulled over and dialed 911. The boy was rushed to Catawba Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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Police said the mom described it as a road rage incident after she inadvertently cut off the other vehicle.

“At this time we’re exploring all options,” Hickory Police Capt. Jeff Young said. “Preliminary belief is that it’s a random act of violence. These individuals did not know each other.”

Grainy traffic camera footage released by police shows that the mom appears to cut off a dark-colored SUV, which police said then drove around the Accura.

“At that point in time, she hears someone yelling, what she describes as a female voice,” Young said. “She believes someone reached around the female (driver) and fired a shot out the passenger window, which went into the rear passenger area of her vehicle, where the children were traveling.”

Kakylen’s mom and his two siblings — 1 and 6 years old — were not injured.

“It’s tough,” Hickory Police Chief Thurman Whisnant said, the Hickory Daily Record reported. “This was a senseless act of violence. The men and women of the Hickory Police Department will act tirelessly to see justice is brought to the coward that did this.”

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According to the Charlotte Observer, the boy’s death marked the third time a youngster has been shot in North Carolina in just two days.

In the two other instances — Tuesday in Apex and Wednesday in Shelby — the young victims, both under 10, survived but were seriously injured, the Observer said.

This story first appeared in the New York Post.

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