Suspicious vehicle ID in the shooting of the 6-year-old on Autobahn 55
Authorities have identified the suspect’s vehicle, which was involved in a street race on Freeway 55 in Orange last week that fatally shot a 6-year-old boy.
California Highway Patrol posted a picture on Twitter showing a white Volkswagen Golf SportWagen on the highway. A woman is suspected of driving the vehicle, authorities said, and a man in the passenger seat is believed to have fired the shot that killed Aiden Leos.
Anyone with potential information about the shooting should contact California Highway Patrol at (714) 567-6000 or visit www.aiden-reward.com.
According to Don Wagner’s Orange County Supervisor office, the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects has risen to $ 320,000. Money for the reward came from Wagner’s office, Supervisor Katrina Foley, Orange County business owners, and anonymous donors after the family raised the first $ 50,000 last Sunday.
“We will do everything in our power to seek justice,” said Orange County Dist. Atty. Todd Spitzer said at a press conference Thursday. “The natural order of a parent – and I am a parent too – is not for your child to die prematurely. That is not the order of the world. We’re supposed to bury our parents, we’re not supposed to bury our children. “
Aiden’s mother was driving north on Freeway 55 at around 8 a.m. on May 21 when her son was fatally shot from behind in his child seat.
The mother told Reyes Valdivia, a commuter who stopped to help, that she and her son were in the carpool lane. When she tried to change lanes to get out, she was cut off by a white limousine with a man and a woman. She pointed to them and went to the exit, and then there was shooting, said Valdivia.
Authorities said the man was in the passenger seat when he fired the shot that pierced the Cruze’s trunk and hit Aiden.
The shooting suspects, who authorities said were a man and a woman, sped off as Aiden’s mother dragged her Chevrolet Cruze onto the side of the road.
CHP officials said the SportWagen continued north on 55 and then headed east on 91 towards Riverside.
CHP officer John DeMatteo suspected that the image shared to the public was taken by a camera near Freeway 91. He didn’t say how the agency got the photo.
“The picture itself, as you could probably deduce, was taken by a camera near the highway,” said DeMatteo.
Community support flooded Aiden’s family for the past week. A GoFundMe for his mother topped $ 300,000 on Friday.
Yorba Linda Shop Station Donuts is selling Aidens Donuts – a blue glazed treat – this weekend and donating the entire proceeds to his family.