GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several Grand Rapids-area tow trucks lined Eastern Avenue in Grand Rapids Tuesday to honor a driver who was shot and killed the night before.
The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of Crawford Street SE near Madison Avenue. Grand Rapids police say the 46-year-old victim, Gerald Love, was found lying in the street with gunshot wounds to his upper leg area, torso and head.
Love was taken to the hospital and rushed into surgery, but he died as a result of his injuries. Police are still trying to track down a suspect in the shooting.
“We can very confidently say that this was not a random act of violence, that our victim was an intended target,” Grand Rapids Police Department Sgt. Cathy Williams said.
“We’re still trying to figure out what the relationship was between the suspect and the victim and what brought those two together,” she continued.
Love’s family told 24 Hour News 8 that he owned Brother Love’s Towing in Grand Rapids and had taken over the business after his father died in 2016.
Love’s family said he was on the job Monday night, responding to a call for keys locked inside a vehicle, when he was shot.
Jeff Whaley, who owns Truthful Towing out of Grand Rapids, organized a tribute to Love Tuesday night. About 20 tow trucks from various companies lined Eastern Avenue in front of Brother Love’s Towing to pay their respects.
“If you live in Grand Rapids, you know who Brother Love’s Towing is. They’re a staple,” Whaley said. “We didn’t lose a competitor last night. We lost a family member. We’ll feel it. Everybody will feel it. The entire community.”
As of Tuesday evening, police had not released any information on any suspects in the case. It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooter fled on foot or got into a car. Officers did not recover a weapon at the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
–24 Hour News 8’s Evan Dean contributed to this report.