SAN JOSE -- A group of San Jose police officers has raised nearly $45,000 so far in a fundraising drive to help the family of a man who was killed last week in an apparent road-rage incident.

Police released the name of the victim on Saturday as 37-year-old San Jose resident Phuoc Hong Long Lam. He was shot midmorning Tuesday near the intersection of Tully and Senter roads.

The victim was a hardworking bus driver who put in long hours seven days a week to support his family, according to the officers who are raising money.

Lam leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 7 and 4. The older child has severe autism. They have no other family in the United States, officers said.

The shooting was reported to San Jose police at 10:22 a.m. at Baltic Way, about a block south of the major intersection. Lam, who was shot at least once, was conscious when taken to the hospital, but he died Tuesday evening.

Lam had been driving his pickup truck when he became involved in a confrontation with two men in a silver Volkswagen Jetta on Tully Road, police said. While the vehicles did not collide, the incident escalated to the point where both drivers pulled over to the side of the street. The victim got out of his truck, words were exchanged and Lam was shot.

It was the 15th homicide in San Jose this year. The San Jose Police Department Homicide Unit continues to investigate the shooting and is looking for the Jetta.

Meanwhile, officers launched the fundraising effort, which by early Saturday evening had raised more than $44,000 in online donations. Their goal is $50,000.

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact police at 408-277-4161 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or with svcrimestoppers.org.

If you wish contribute to the fund, visit www.youcaring.com/sanjose15homicide, or checks can be sent to any Wells Fargo branch under the account number 1440267027.

Staff writer Eric Kurhi contributed to this report.

How to help

If you wish contribute to the fund, visit www.youcaring.com/sanjose15homicide, or checks can be sent to any Wells Fargo branch under the account number 1440267027.