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Repo man killed: Tow truck driver gunned down after repossessing vehicle

A tow truck driver was gunned down and killed for doing his job.
A tow truck driver was gunned down and killed for doing his job.
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A tow truck driver was hunted down after repossessing a car and then was shot and killed on a street in California early on the morning of Sunday, July 27, 2014, per NBC Los Angeles. Reports state that the repo man had repossessed a vehicle and then was chased across a number of cities in Los Angeles County before being killed.

Raw Story reports that the tow truck driver was 50-years-old, and identified as Steve Lawson of Bellflower. Friends stated that he was both a husband and a father.

The driver went to a 7-Eleven parking lot in Compton around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, and legally repossessed a car. Upon leaving the parking lot, multiple vehicles followed him for a while and then just opened fire on him.

"We think it’s a repossession that has gone bad," said sheriff's Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The tow truck driver continued on for a while with the white Dodge Caliber hooked up to his truck. He slammed into a vehicle going through the intersection of Firestone Blvd. and Rayo Ave. in South Gate.

At this point, the tow truck driver got out of his truck, and a person was said to have jumped out of one of the vehicles that was following him. A friend of the repo man killed said that the person pulled out a gun and shot him dead in the street.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for his wounds, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Witnesses in the area stated that they had heard at least 10 to 12 rounds fired during the incident.

An investigation is still ongoing and police are still looking for clues so that the entire situation can be figured out. Two people were already being detained, but it was not yet known if they were directly connected to the case.

In a sad addition, the daughter of Lawson showed up to the 7-Eleven crime scene. She stated that her father knew the dangers of the job, but knew that he still had work to do.