2 Arrested in California Road-Rage Shooting That Killed a 6-Year-Old

Two individuals have been arrested in a road-rage capturing on a freeway in Orange County, Calif., final month in which a 6-year-old boy was killed whereas his mom was driving him to high school, the authorities introduced on Sunday.

Eriz Marcus Anthony, 24, and Lee Wynne, 23, are anticipated to be charged with the homicide of the boy, Aiden Anthony Leos, who was struck by gunfire on May 21 whereas driving in the again seat of his mom’s automobile on the 55 Freeway in Orange, Calif., the California High Patrol stated.

The capturing occurred after what the authorities stated was a perceived unsafe lane change, with an occupant of a white Volkswagen station wagon firing not less than one spherical on the car carrying Aiden.

The killing of the boy, who was struck in the torso whereas driving in a baby automobile seat, has drawn widespread consideration. A $500,000 reward was supplied for info resulting in an arrest, and the California Highway Patrol launched photographs of the suspects’ car.

“While these arrests will not ease the pain of a mother’s loss, my hope is for the Leos family to have some peace of mind and to rest assured the C.H.P. will work with the Orange County district attorney to bring justice for Aiden,” Amanda Ray, the California Highway Patrol commissioner, stated in a assertion.

It was not instantly clear if the 2 suspects, who have been taken into custody at their dwelling in Costa Mesa, Calif., had attorneys.

The authorities didn’t say which of the 2 had shot Aiden, who was in kindergarten.

Joanna Cloonan, Aiden’s mom, was driving north on the 55 Freeway when she tried to get out of the car-pool lane on the morning of May 21, The Los Angeles Times reported, citing info from one other motorist who had stopped to assist. Another car lower her off, and he or she gestured on the individuals in the automobile, who opened hearth, the newspaper reported.

A memorial service for Aiden was held on Saturday.


Members of Aiden Leos’s kinfolk have been readily available at a memorial on a freeway overpass in Orange, Calif., on May 25 to announce that the reward for info in the case had elevated to $150,000.Credit…Leonard Ortiz/The Orange County Register, by way of Associated Press