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Reward climbs to $400,000 for information on apparent road-rage killing of 6-year-old in Orange

A reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman in an apparent road rage shooting that left a 6-year-old dead in Orange climbed to $400,000 on Sunday, as the hunt for the suspect extended into its second week. That figure is up from $310,000 on Wednesday.

California Highway Patrol officers continued searching across Southern California for a man suspected of opening fire from the passenger seat of a white Volkswagen Golf SportWagen on the 55 Freeway, resulting in the death of young Aiden Leos on Friday, May 21. The 6-year-old was in a booster seat as his mother drove on the freeway.

No suspects were publicly named over the weekend, despite the reward offered for clues and direct appeals from officials to the shooter, or anyone who knows him, to come forward.

It’s believed a woman was driving the Volkswagen, officials have also urged her to come forward.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the involved vehicle was asked to contact the CHP’s Santa Ana office at 714 567-6000 or email

“The longer this goes… the less sympathy I’ll have,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said Sunday, May 30, in a statement addressed to the suspect posted on social media. “You killed a 6-year-old boy for God’s sake. Come forward. Turn yourself in.”

The CHP released a photo of the Volkswagen possibly involved in the shooting on Thursday. The image has been plastered across broadcast, print and social media as investigators expand their investigation to encompass all of Southern California.

Over the weekend, the owner of a private company added an additional $65,000 to a growing reward funded by civic leaders, local businesses and individuals outraged by Leos’s death. That contribution brought the amount offered in hopes of identifying a suspect up to $400,000 as of Sunday evening, District Attorney’s officials said.

Meanwhile, more than $320,000 has been pledged to a GoFundMe account set up to help support Leos’s family.

Source: Orange County Register

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