Errol Williams, Navy vet, killed in botched kidnapping; N.C. police seek suspects

Errol Williams WRAL

(CBS/AP) FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Investigators say a 27-year-old Navy veteran and father of two from Rockingham, N.C. was shot to death as he tried to run away from three men who kidnapped him at a Fayetteville gas station.

Police said two of the suspects got into Errol Williams' car at the gas station around 4:45 a.m. Sunday and forced him to drive away while the third man followed in a different vehicle.

Authorities say Williams tried to run away at some point and was shot and killed just blocks away from the gas station.

Police say the men then returned to the gas station Sunday afternoon and stole surveillance equipment at gunpoint. But investigators had already released footage of the men to the media. They are trying to identify the suspects.

Police didn't give a motive for the crime or say whether Williams knew the men who kidnapped him.

According to CBS affiliate WRAL, one of the suspects was seen wearing a black T-shirt, black cap with a "T" logo and a silver chain with a cross.

Police said the three men were driving a gray or silver Kia Sportage. They warned that the men should be considered armed and dangerous.

"It's horrible to take somebody's life like that, over nothing," Williams' sister, Sadie Everett, told WRAL on Monday.

Everett told the station she is sure her brother would have cooperated with his attackers. She reportedly said she thinks they killed him because he had seen their faces.

"He didn't have an enemy in the world," Everett said.