A California district attorney has pleaded with the killer who shot and killed a six-year-old boy in a traffic jam, saying, “The longer this goes on… the less sympathy I’ll have.”
Aiden Leos was fatally shot while sitting in the back seat of his mother Joanna Cloonan’s car as they drove down the 55 Freeway in Orange County on May 21 on their way to his kindergarten.
Police have been on the hunt for the shooter ever since, and a reward for tracking them down has now risen to $400,000.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer urged the gunman to turn himself in on Sunday night.
Aiden Leos was fatally shot on May 21 while sitting in the backseat of his mother’s car on 55 Freeway in Orange County, California.
Police have released multiple images of the white Volkswagen Golf Sportswagen to track down the suspects. The reward for tracking them down has now increased to $400,000
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer urged gunman to turn himself in on Sunday night
“The longer this goes on… the less sympathy I’ll have. You killed a 6-year-old boy for God’s sake. Come forward. Turn yourself in,” he tweeted.
The ordeal of road rage unfolded around 8:10 a.m. on May 21 when the driver of a white Volkswagen Golf Sportswagen cut Aiden’s mother in the car pool lane.
Witnesses said the boy’s mother held up her middle finger at the driver.
Someone in the other car then suddenly opened fire and a bullet hit Aiden in the back.
Aiden’s mother pulled up on the side of the road and rocked the little boy until an off-duty police station stopped to perform CPR and the ambulance arrived.
The boy was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators suspect that a man and a woman were inside the Volkswagen at the time of the shooting. They believe that the man who was in the passenger seat fired the fatal shot.
They released multiple photos of the car to track them down.
The reward for tracking down the suspects has now increased from an initial $50,000 to $400,000.
Police say a gunman opened fire on Aiden’s mother’s car during a traffic incident. They say the little boy suffered a gunshot wound to the back. Pictured above is a bullet hole in the car
Aiden Leos was fatally shot while sitting in the back seat of his mother Joanna Cloonan’s car as they drove down the 55 Freeway in Orange County on May 21 on their way to his school. The boy is pictured with his mother and sister Alexis
A GoFundMe fundraiser started by Aiden’s family raised the first $50,000. Since then, the district attorney, local businesses and two Orange County supervisors have all contributed to increasing pay.
In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America in the days following the shooting, Aiden’s mother described her son’s final moments.
“I was driving on the freeway and behind me was a car that cut me off abruptly,” she said.
“I was in the carpool lane with my son, and as I started to merge away from them, I heard a really loud noise, and my son said, ‘ouch,’ and I had to stop, and he got shot.”
She said his last words were, “Mommy, my stomach hurts.
“They took my son’s life. He was beautiful, and he was nice, and he was precious, and you killed him for no reason. And I want to find them, and I want justice for my son.
“He sang all the time, and the kids in kindergarten, everyone loved him. He is a once in a lifetime kid. I miss him, and the person who did this can’t get away with it.’
The reward for tracking down the suspects has now increased from an initial $50,000 to $400,000. Pictured above is a memorial erected on an overpass near when Aiden was shot
Aiden’s sister Alexis is pictured above at a memorial erected on the overpass near where the little boy was shot