The reward for information leading to an arrest in a reportedly driven rage shootout of a 6-year-old boy in southern California last month increased to $ 450,000.
Aiden Leos was sitting in the backseat of his mother’s car as she drove him to kindergarten when another driver shot him on May 21, authorities said. Aiden was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
According to the testimonies of the mother and witnesses who stopped to help her, another car cut her, she responded with a wave of the hand and the car slipped behind her and someone in the interior fired a shot in the back of his car.
The reward consists of donations from anonymous donors, government officials and community members. Aiden’s family initially provided $ 50,000 as a reward, which was later matched by Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner to $ 100,000.
Katrina Foley, Orange County Supervisor pledged an additional $ 50,000, according to a statement shared on May 25. Anonymous donors and community members – including local businesses – donated $ 250,000.
On June 1, Costa Mesa City Council unanimously voted a contribution of $ 50,000, bringing the total to $ 450,000.
“The senseless tragedy of Aiden Leos’ death was felt by the whole community,” Mayor John Stephens said in a statement. “We want to do what is necessary to bring Aiden’s killer to justice, remove him from our streets and deter others from engaging in this type of dangerous driving.”
Last week the California Highway Patrol identified a vehicle of interest like a white 2018 or 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen with untinted windows. Authorities said the vehicle was occupied by a female driver and passenger.
“Let’s get justice for his family”: Reward reaches at least $ 300,000 for finding 6-year-old shooter on the California freeway
A GoFundMe to support Aiden’s mother and family, raised over $ 300,000 at the start of Thursday.
“What happened to Aiden is a devastating tragedy,” Foley said in his statement. “I am heartbroken for his family and in particular for his parents, Joanna Cloonan and Jose Leos. I want to do everything in my power to help bring the shooter to justice. “
The CHP has called on anyone with possible leads on the identity of the suspect to contact the California Highway Patrol regional office in Santa Ana.
Contribution: Christine Fernando, USA TODAY: The Associated Press.