Police search for road rage shooter who killed boy, 6: ‘It feels like my life is over,’ victim's mother says

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May 26 2021, Published 8:20 p.m. ET

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Police continue the search for a suspect in connection with a road rage shooting that claimed the life of a 6-year-old boy in California.

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Around 8 a.m. May 21, Aiden Leos was seated in a booster seat in the back of his mother Joanna Cloonan’s car as they headed up the 55 Freeway in the northbound carpool lane. They were on the way to the boy's school in Yorba Linda.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Cloonan said a white sedan suddenly cut her off.

“As I started to merge away from them, I heard a really loud noise,” the mother recalled. “And my son said, ‘Ow,’ and I had to pull over."

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“I took him out of the car and I tried to put my hand on his wounds while calling 911 because he was losing a lot of blood,” she said.


Cloonan recalled a woman was driving the vehicle and a man was in the passenger seat but she didn’t know who fired the deadly shot.

According to John Cloonan, his nephew was struck by the single bullet after it pierced through the car’s trunk.

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There is currently a $200,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever killed Aiden.

“They took my son's life away,” the young victim’s mother said on Good Morning America. “He was beautiful and he was kind and he was precious, and you killed him for no reason. And I want to find them and I want there to be justice to be served for my son.”

“He meant the world to me, and it feels like my life is over,” Cloonan said. “That was my baby. I've never, never thought pain like this could exist.”

Anyone driving on the 55 Freeway in the area near Chapman Avenue at about 8 a.m. that may have information related to the shooting is asked to call the California Highway Patrol's Santa Ana office at (714) 567-6000.


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