6-year-old in booster seat dies in US road-rage shooting

LOS ANGELES – A six-year-old boy in Los Angeles was killed in a “road rage” incident as he was being driven to school, US media reported, the latest of a growing number of young victims of gun violence in the United States.

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The incident Friday appeared in some ways typical of the way a moment of anger, coupled with pervasive gun ownership, can take a high collateral toll.

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It began, according to media reports, when a woman was driving on the 55 Freeway with her young son, identified as Aiden Leos, in the back.

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In what police said was a case of road rage – after one car apparently cut off another – someone suddenly fired a single shot from behind, striking the rear of the Leos car and piercing Aiden’s back, news media reported.

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“Mommy, my tummy hurts!” Aiden reportedly cried, as his panicked mother quickly pulled over.

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An off-duty policeman stopped and performed CPR and an ambulance then rushed Aiden to a hospital, but he was pronounced dead.

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California state patrolman Florentino Olivera told the Los Angeles Times it was “an isolated road-rage incident.”

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Police shut down the busy 55 Freeway for hours while they investigated. They said they are looking for a white sedan with a male and female occupant.

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In an equally senseless incident in Washington this week, a family group was standing on a sidewalk chatting when a man on an electric scooter sped through, according to Washington police chief Robert Contee.

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When the woman shouted at the man to slow down, witnesses said, he stopped, pulled on a black mask and opened fire, critically wounding both the woman and her five-year-old son.

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Police are seeking a 26-year-old homeless man, Contee said.

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Gun violence surged across the United States last year – both mass shootings and the less-publicized incidents often involving family members or acquaintances.

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Gun sales jumped at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic as stress levels rose and the presidential election loomed. Overall, 2020 was one of the most violent years in the United States in decades.

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So far this year, 119 children aged 11 and under have died in gun violence, according to the Gun Violence Archive website.

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It put the toll for all of 2020 at 299.

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