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, 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.
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.