The California Highway Patrol announced on Sunday they arrested two people in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy during a road rage incident in the city of Orange, reports KTLA. 24-year-old Marcus Anthony Eriz and 23-year-old Wynne Lee were arrested in their Costa Mesa home. They are being held on $1 million bail each.
On May 21st, Joanna Cloonan was driving her 6-year-old son Aiden Leos to kindergarten when he was fatally shot. She was on the northbound 55 freeway nearing the 22 freeway with her son in the backseat when another car cut her off. According to Joanna, she made a hand gesture at the car and the car slipped behind her and fired a shot. The bullet pierced the car through the trunk and struck Aiden. He was hit in the abdomen and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Joanna said a woman was driving while a male was in the passenger seat.
The news outraged the community leading to a $500,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Police said last week, they were looking for a 2018-2019 Volkswagon Golf SportWagen in connection to the crime. It is unclear what led cops to Eriz and Lee.
According to sources to CBS News, Marcus Anthony Eriz and Wynne Lee are a couple.
The sources also said the police know where the suspect’s vehicle and gun are and they are working to secure them.
According to Scallywag and Vagabond, Eriz’s Instagram described himself as an auto body technician and jdm car enthusiast.
Wynne Lee’s Linkedin has been removed but according to Scallywag & Vagabond, she attended Mt. San Antonio College in Costa Mesa, California.
She is of Taiwanese descent and grew up in San Gabriel Valley, according to Conan Daily. She suffered from severe depression that led to cutting herself and a suicide attempt during High School, reports KHN. But with the help of her parents and the community, she was able to get better.
Update – 6/8/21 – Marcus Anthony Eriz “has been charged with felony murder and discharge of a gun at an inhabited dwelling, with sentencing enhancements for causing death,” reports ABC 7 News. Wynne Lee has been charged with “accessory after the fact and concealing a firearm in the vehicle.”
According to CBS News, Eriz faces a maximum of 40 years to life in prison if found guilty of all charges while Lee faces a maximum of three years in prison and one year in jail.