A COUPLE was arrested on Sunday over the road rage shooting that killed six-year-old Aiden Leos after a $500,000 reward was offered for information, reports say.
The two people, who were arrested in Costa Mesa, have not yet been named by police.
Aiden was fatally shot while riding in the back seat of his mother's car last month after she reportedly gave the middle finger to another driver for cutting her off on a highway in Orange, California.
The tragic incident unfolded on 55 freeway near Chapman at around 8am on May 21 as Aiden's mother was driving him to kindergarten in her silver Chevrolet Sonic.
She gave the finger to a driver in her review mirror, but as she switched lanes, a male gunman believed to have been sitting in the passenger's seat of a car driven by a woman, suddenly fired into her vehicle.
The single gunshot struck little Aiden in the back.
His mother pulled over to the side of the road and cradled him in her arms until an off-duty police officer raced over to administer CPR.
He was taken by ambulance to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County where he was pronounced dead.
Aiden's heartbreaking final words were said to be "Mommy, my tummy hurts."
A hunt had been underway for the suspect and their vehicle which was described as a 2018-2019 white Volkswagen Golf SportsWagen with non-tinted windows and a sunroof.
According to KTLA, the pair arrested at around 1.30pm on Sunday were a boyfriend and girlfriend and their car was found in another location.
They were taken into custody in a restaurant after cops received a tip, Los Angeles Daily News reports.
It adds that cops are now authoring a search warrant for the gun used in the shooting.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer had told KTLA that the reward for any information leading to the capture and conviction of the child’s killer had recently increased to half a million.
The family had also pleaded with the suspects to come forward as the young boy's funeral was held on Saturday.
"This is a memorial, not a funeral," Pastor Joshua Holiday said, according to ABC7.
"A funeral's a ceremony, it's held in connection with the burial or cremation, someone's death and it signifies the end of their existence.
"A memorial service is a ceremony serving to preserve the remembrance of someone's life. The focal point is different.
"We're here to celebrate the life of Aiden," he added.
Aiden's mother Joanna Cloonan also eulogized her son in a moving tribute.
"Your kindness, your prayers, your support and unbelievable generosity has helped provide me with so much strength, so I may stand on my own two feet today, in front of you, and share the beauty of who Aiden was and still is," Coonan said.
"The joy he brought into our lives was insurmountable," she added.
"My heart melted every time he laughed."
Aiden's distraught sister, Alexis Cloonan, urged the public to help identify the pair.
"My mom is too distraught right now to talk so I'm down here for her because people should know what happened to my little brother," she said through tears.
"Please help us find the people that did this to my little brother. He's only six and he was so sweet."
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