Police investigating shooting involving tow truck drivers

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police are looking for a man who opened fire on a tow truck driver trying to take away his car.

Fortunately no one was hurt.

No one is ever happy their car has been towed but one man may have gone too far when he jumped into his car as it was being towed and started shooting at the tow truck driver and another passenger. Neighbors say cars are towed from the parking lot often, but this is the first time it's escalated like this.

Signs show which spaces are reserved at Chesterfield Village Apartments, and warn about towing for cars without parking permits.

Lynda White heard the gunshots. She can't believe something like this happened just outside her front door.

"I was shocked," she said. "There's not really violence over here. It's real quiet. Everybody gets along with everybody."

Joe Walker has lived in Chesterfield Village for four years and also heard the gunshots. He says he sees someone being towed almost every day and feels the tow truck drivers sometimes are too quick to take your car.

"(The tow truck driver) don't see a sticker," he said.  "He don't get out to look for them. He just come take your car. Like if you have company, you just sit in your house and come out and your car is gone."

Neighbors say tow trucks circle the parking lot at night looking for cars without permits.

Bill Woodson's tow company, Capital Garage, wasn't involved in this incident.

He says his drivers don't tow without a request, just to avoid situations like this one.

"If you want a car towed off your lot, you got to call us and tell us what kind of car it is and the license number," Woodson said.  "We do not do no patrolling. I think that's where most people get in trouble."

Residents say they're going to be more careful when they have friends visit.

"(I'm going to) just tell anyone that comes by just to make sure you have the pass," White said.  "You don't want to get your car towed."

The shooter shattered a rear window of the tow truck during this incident. The tow company involved, ABT Towing, wouldn't comment for this story.

Police only have a vague description of the suspect.  Police urge anyone with information to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at (804) 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660 or text the code tip699 and send to 274637 (CRIMES).

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