Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer on Thursday announced the killers of a 6-year-old boy on the 55 Freeway have “about 24 hours to turn yourselves in.”
Spitzer, speaking at a news conference in Orange, said the shooter was a man, while a woman was driving the car. He did not explain how he knew that.
“I want the two individuals in that vehicle to understand: this is Orange County, California. This is not Los Angeles or San Francisco,” Spitzer said.
“It’s time to turn yourself in. The longer this goes on, the less sympathetic I will be to understanding why you did what you did.
“As we understand it, the male pulled the trigger,” Spitzer said. “You killed a little boy. A little boy who today should be in kindergarten.”
“You’re going through immense guilt and consternation about what you did and you don’t know what to do about it.
“To the woman driver, I would say you need to turn yourself in. You’re an accomplice.
“And to the shooter, you need to live the rest of your life knowing you killed a 6-year-old boy.”
Aiden Leos was shot and killed Friday, May 21, in what is being called a road-rage incident.
The 6-year-old was in a booster seat as his mother drove Friday, when a vehicle described as a white Volkswagen station wagon cut them off to get into the carpool lane. The boy’s mom told witnesses she made a gesture at the vehicle just before gunfire struck him in the belly.
California Highway Patrol investigators continue to search for a white Volkswagen station wagon and two occupants, a man and woman.
A reward being offered by the family climbed to $310,000 after civic leaders and local businesses offered to add matching funds on Wednesday.