Gunshot kills boy in Southern California road-rage attack

Investigation on the northbound 55 Freeway near Chapman

SOUTHERN California cops launched a manhunt to nab a road raging gunman who fatally shot a 6-year-old boy in the backseat of a auto on his way to school after his mother reportedly flipped him off.

An off-duty police officer pulled over and tried to maintain the child's breathing until paramedics arrived, according to the newspaper.

CNN reported authorities are looking for a white sedan and are hoping to speak to anyone who was driving northbound along the 55 Freeway between Chapman Avenue and the 22 Freeway between 7.55 and 8.15am (local time) on Friday.

"It went through the boy's back", Valdivia told the LA Times. The boy was in a booster seat of his mother's Chevrolet sedan when he was shot. He was being driven to school by his mother when the shooting happened.

"We are taking each of these incidents seriously and actively searching for those responsible", CHP Assistant Chief Donald Goodbrand said.

It was unclear who was driving or who fired the shot, he said. I just loved having him in my life, ' she said as she paid tribute to the little brother who would often come to her room to tell her that he loved her.

© KABC Investigators gather near a vehicle where, according to authorities, a 6-year-old boy was fatally shot in a road rage incident on the 55 Freeway in Orange, Calif., May 21, 2021.

The child was rushed to nearby Children's Hospital, where authorities confirmed that the boy had died. His name was not immediately released.

The suspect was last seen heading north on the 55 Freeway, which was shutdown for hours.

Officers could be seen from news helicopter footage combing the closed section of the freeway for evidence.

According to the reports, the incident comes amid a recent series of shootings with BB guns on California freeways in Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange counties. There have been almost 60 cases in which motorists have come under fire.

Such shootings aren't unprecedented on California's busy roadways.

No serious injuries have been reported so far in the 91 Freeway shootings.

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