A 6-year-old boy was brutally shot in Southern California during a road rage incident on Friday and later died in the arms of his sister who was weeping for the public to help her little brother while police continued to look for the suspect responsible for the crime.
Authorities identified the young boy as Aiden Leos, who was the passenger in the backseat of his mother’s car and on his way to the kindergarten. Officials said the suspect was in another car when he opened fire on the family. Medical professionals announced Aiden was dead on arrival.
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The victim’s sister, Alexis Cloonan, said Aiden told their mother, “Mommy, my tummy hurts,” after the shooting incident. The mother later found out her son had a gunshot wound on his stomach and was bleeding out, causing him to turn blue.
“And that was the last time my mom saw him alive,” Cloonan said. She said her little brother was unique because he would call her “sissy” and go into her room, telling her she was beautiful, and expressed how much he loved her.
“He’s only 6, and he was so sweet. He was very, very loving boy, so please help us find who did this to him,” Cloonan said. She told the public her mother was “very distraught” after the death of her son. “She had to hold her little boy as he died,” she said.
A GoFundMe page was set up to support Aiden’s family in paying for his burial costs and replace her car which was damaged during the shooting incident. Since then, the page has received more than $100,000 in donations from the public.
“You have no idea what you took from us today. You took her boy away. And this boy was full of love and joy and laughter. My nephew’s dead. We’re never going to be full again,” John Cloonan, the victim’s uncle, said during a news conference, USA Today reported.
California Highway Patrol said the shooting incident was an “isolated road rage incident between the mom and another driver.” Officials are asking the public for any useful information that would help them identify the suspect and bring him to justice.