Tow Truck Driver ID’d in Fatal South Gate Shooting Over Repossessed Car

As the search continued for his killers on Monday, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified the tow trucker driver who was fatally shot in South Gate while he was doing his job.

Steve Lawson, seen in this DMV photo, was shot and killed over a repossessed vehilce, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department says.

Steve Lawson, seen in this DMV photo, was shot and killed over a repossessed vehilce, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department says.

Steve Lawson, a 50-year-old father from Bakersfield, was shot and killed early Sunday while he was lawfully repossessing a vehicle, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident began when Lawson picked up the car in Compton, the department said.

Lawson was possibly being followed by multiple people and vehicles as he towed the repossessed car when gunshots rang out, the department said.

A tow truck driver was found shot to death on July 27, 2014 after friends say he was chased by another motorist over a repossession. (Credit: KTLA)

A tow truck driver was found shot to death on July 27, 2014 after friends say he was chased by another motorist over a repossession. (Credit: KTLA)

He continued to drive until his tow truck collided with another vehicle near the intersection of Firestone Boulevard and Rayo Avenue in South Gate a short time later. Lawson was shot at least once after he got out of the truck, authorities said.

He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

At last report, no arrests had been made in connection with the shooting.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500.

Those who would prefer to provide tips anonymously were urged to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477.