A 6-year-old boy is dead after he was shot in an apparent road-rage attack in California, prompting a police manhunt for the shooter who has yet to be found.
The incident occurred around 8:10 a.m. Friday while the kindergartener, Aiden Leos, was sitting in a booster seat in the back of the family’s car en route to school at Calvary Chapel Yorba Linda. Another driver cut off Leos’ mother while they were in the carpool lane, prompting her to give the other driver the finger in the rear-view mirror, according to police.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, as the mother merged into another lane, a passenger believed to have been in that other vehicle fired a gun, striking Leos.
“Mommy my tummy hurts!” the boy exclaimed, according to his sister, Alexis Cloonan, who described the circumstances of the events during a press conference recorded by KTTV.
The mother pulled over to the side of the road on northbound State Route 55 in Orange, southeast of Los Angeles. She cradled the child, and an off-duty police officer passing by stopped to perform CPR. Paramedics soon arrived.
Leos was later pronounced dead at Children’s Hospital Orange County.
“She had blood on her clothes and then he started turning blue and that’s when the ambulance took him and that was the last time that my mom saw him alive,” Alexis Cloonan told reporters during the press conference on Friday, according to KABC-TV.
She added: “[My mom] had to hold her little boy as he died, so she is very distraught right now.”
Investigators are searching for the other vehicle believed to be involved in the incident, which appeared to be a white Volkswagen wagon sedan, and its two occupants, a man and a woman. The man may have fired the gun while the woman was driving.