Boy, 6, Fatally Shot on the Way to School in a Suspected Road Rage Incident

Gaone Pule
May 24, 2021
10:00 A.M.

A six-year-old boy got caught in the crossfire on the way to school during a road rage incident that occurred in Orange County. The young boy's sister recalled the events on that fateful day.


Alexis Cloonan recounted the incident that took her little brother's life, who died on Friday morning in an apparent road-rage attack.

“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 Cloonan of her sibling.

Pictured - An aerial photograph of a concrete road | Source: Pexels

Pictured - An aerial photograph of a concrete road | Source: Pexels

She explained that their mother went on to pick up her brother, and he was bleeding on her. Cloonan added he started turning blue at that point, and he was rushed to the hospital by ambulance.

“And that’s the last time my mom saw him alive,” she said. Cloonan issued a plea to anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.


“He’s only 6, and he was so sweet. He was a very, very loving boy. So, please help us find who did this to him," Cloonan pleaded. The victim was identified as Aiden Leos.

He was a kindergartener at Calvary Chapel Yorba Linda and was being driven by his mom when the shooting happened. Aiden had just celebrated his 6th birthday on May 12.

Pictured - An empty vehicle seat | Source: Pexels

Pictured - An empty vehicle seat | Source: Pexels


On Saturday, investigators were vetting witness accounts of the shooting of the death of Aiden. Family members shared a photo of the youngster.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Florentino Olivera revealed investigators continued their search for a white Volkswagen station wagon and two occupants, a man and a woman. Officers continue to search for possible suspects.

Pictured - A man pushing a stretcher into the ambulance | Source: Pexels

Pictured - A man pushing a stretcher into the ambulance | Source: Pexels

Events leading up to the incident saw the suspects’ sedan cutting off Aiden’s mother as she tried to switch lanes to exit, she told a witness who spoke to The Times on the day of the attack.

She gestured to them and proceeded into the exit lane, and that’s when the shooting occurred.

Pictured - A black BMW M4 coupe | Source: Pexels

Pictured - A black BMW M4 coupe | Source: Pexels

Aiden was sitting in his booster seat on the right passenger side when he was shot at. His uncle, John J. Cloonan III, said one bullet fired in the trunk that went through the trunk and right through his nephew.

He described the shot as a cowardly way of doing it because they shot from the back, John said during a press conference in Irvine in California on Friday evening.

Pictured - A man in handcuffs | Source: Pexels

Pictured - A man in handcuffs | Source: Pexels


Another similar incident occurred in April when a suspect opened fire on a car, killing a 7-year-old boy in North Carolina. Identified as Zakylen Greylen Harris, he was shot in the neck and was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

Earlier this month, one more incident saw the killing of a 6-year-old girl, Saryah Perez, who was gunned down during a car club gathering in San Antonio. Police arrested Andrew Ray Elizondo, 23, in connection with the shooting.

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