Possible suspect truck in Greenville Co. store kidnapping, shooting


GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) – The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office released photos of a truck they believe is linked to the case where a man was attacked and kidnapped from his business, and his wife was shot by five masked men on Tuesday morning.

We reported earlier that W.E. Willis — the owner of W.E. Willis Grocery store — was at the business between 4 and 5 a.m. Tuesday before the store opened. Willis was reportedly in the parking lot when he was met by five masked men, who brutally attacked him.

The suspects then forced Willis into his car and drove to his home in Travelers Rest.

Flood said when deputies arrived at Willis’ home, they found Willis and his wife tied up in the home. His wife was also found shot.

Willis and his wife, Patricia Ann Willis, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Patricia Willis was in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said investigators are currently trying to get information related to the people were who occupying a 4-door Ford truck.

“Investigators have reason to believe this vehicle is linked to the robbery that occurred at the W.E. Willis Grocery, located at 3601 Hwy 414 and the burglary and shooting incident that followed, on Sweetgum Road,” Lt. Ryan Flood said.

Flood said the vehicle had been previously reported as stolen, and was recovered close by to the locations of the robbery at the W.E. Willis Grocery and the shooting incident on Sweetgum Road. 

A motive is uncertain in this case, but sheriff’s office officials said they believe this was an isolated incident.

No descriptions of the suspects were given.

The sheriff’s office asks that anyone in the Green Valley Community that has surveillance cameras to check their footage between 4 and 7 a.m. Tuesday. 

“The fact that these people are not apprehended, of course, is disturbing to us and, of course, we want to get them apprehended as soon as possible,” Flood said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-23-CRIME.

The daughter of the victims said there is a $25,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the those responsible.

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