A 6-year-old boy was fatally shot Friday in a suspected road rage incident while sitting inside a car being driven by his mother in Orange County, California Highway Patrol said.
The boy was identified as Aiden Leos. Aiden went to kindergarten. Just a few days ago, Aiden and his family were celebrating his birthday.
The child was sitting in a booster seat in the back seat of the car. The boy was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, CHP Officer Florentino Olivera said.
Authorities are looking for a white sedan and are asking for the public’s help in locating it. Olivera said police are interested in talking to anyone who was driving on the freeway between 7:55am to 8:15am especially if their car has a dash camera.
“If you were driving by, you saw something that was not right, call it in,” Olivera said.
“Even if it wasn’t something major, call our office. We want to hear from witnesses.”
The shooting was an isolated incident, unrelated to a recent string of pellet and BB gun shootings in Riverside and Orange counties, Officer Olivera said.
Police do not know how many shots were fired.
A GoFundMe page was established for Aiden’s mother and to help with her child’s burial costs.
“My sister has been through a lot. She’s a single mom. And you took her son away. You took her boy away,” said John Cloonan, Aiden’s uncle. “This boy was full of love and joy and laughter.”
“There was road rage on the freeway and someone pulled out a gun and shot my little brother in the stomach, and he said, ‘Mommy, my tummy hurts,'” said Alexis Cloonan, the boy’s sister.
“So she went and she picked him up and he was bleeding on her, she had blood on her clothes,” Cloonan said.
“And then he started turning blue, and that’s when the ambulance took him. And that’s the last time my mom saw him alive.”