Child fatally shot in road rage incident on freeway in Orange

A line of people walk along empty freeway lanes

Police walk the northbound lanes of the 55 Freeway at Chapman Avenue while investigating the shooting

Authorities say a 6-year-old boy seated in the backseat of his mother's vehicle on a Southern California freeway has been shot to death by another driver in a road-rage attack.

Among those who were at the scene following the shooting was an off-duty police officer who tried to perform CPR on Aiden until paramedics arrived at the scene.

The child reportedly was sitting in a booster seat in the right rear of his mother's silver Chevrolet when he was struck on State Route 55 near Chapman Avenue, officials said.

'She had blood on her clothes and he started turning blue and that's when the ambulance took him and that was the last time my mom saw him alive, ' said Alexis Cloonan, the boy's sister, during a tearful family press conference on Friday.

The boy's mother was described as on her way to drop her son off at school in a silver Chevrolet Sonic near the Chapman Avenue exit when she said she was cut off by a rogue motorist in a white vehicle.

The mother of the child said they were on the way to school in the carpool lane.

Valdivia, who said he served in the US military, said seeing a child shot was especially hard to take.

The suspect, who is believed to have been sitting in the passenger seat of the offending motorist's auto, fired into the back of the vehicle, striking Aiden in the back.

"She heard her child scream and immediately stopped", he said, recounting what the woman told him.

The boy was transported to the hospital, where he died. The northbound lanes were reopened about noon.

CBS Los Angeles reported that there have been almost a dozen pellet and BB gun shootings on freeways across Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties over the past three weeks, but Olivera said Friday's road-rage killing was unrelated to those earlier incidents. There have been almost 60 cases in which motorists have come under fire.

The 55 freeway was shut down for hours as investigators combed the lanes for possible evidence.

The shooting happened on 55 Freeway in California.

Authorities are looking for those in connection to this incident, although there is no description of the suspect. Most were during the morning commute and there were no significant injuries, the station reported.

The terrifying episode unfolded shortly after 8 a.m.in the city of Orange, southeast of Los Angeles, California Highway Patrol officials said.

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