Just hours after the deadly attack, the victim’s family held a press conference in Irvine.
Aiden’s mother remains unidentified, and she was not injured.
Alexis Cloonan, the boy’s sister, spoke at the conference about her tragic loss.
“There was road rage on the freeway and someone pulled out a gun and shot my little brother in the stomach, and he said, ‘Mommy, my tummy hurts,'” Cloonan said.
“So she went and she picked him up and he was bleeding on her, she had blood on her clothes,” the girl continued.
“And then he started turning blue, and that’s when the ambulance took him. And that’s the last time my mom saw him alive.”
The mishap took place when Aiden was on the way to the kindergarten at Calvary Chapel in Yorba Linda.
His mom was driving him in a silver Chevrolet sedan when a white car cut her off. Aiden was sitting in the booster seat.
According to sources, a passenger in the white car fired several bullets, one of which struck Aiden.
Alexis Cloonan said her mother saw a woman driving the car and a man in the passenger seat, but she was unsure who fired the shot.
“She (Aiden’s mother) was merging to the right side to get away from this person, and as you can see if you go online and look at the photos, there’s one bullet shot in the trunk that went through the trunk and right through my nephew,” John Cloonan, Aiden’s uncle said.
The boy was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He just celebrated his 6th birthday party last week, according to the family.
The police have closed the road and started looking around for evidence.
“If your vehicle has a dashcam, we’re asking you, please call our CHP office in Santa Ana, provide that video,” California Highway Patrol Officer Florentino Olivera said.
“If you were driving by, you saw something that was not right, call it in — even if it wasn’t something major—call our office. We want to hear from witnesses,” she added.