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Candlelight vigil Monday night for abducted Cheney man

CHENEY, Wash. - Three suspects are still on the run after a shooting and abduction in Cheney Sunday afternoon. The life of the victim, a 46-year-old father, may hang in the balance.

The search continued Monday for Cameron Smith, who was abducted at gunpoint from his job at Cheney marijuana store Lucid.

Now, Smith's friends and family are coming together in solidarity, while police continue their investigation.

Friends told KXLY that Smith meant a lot to many people.

"Cameron was a brother. He was a friend. He was a father. He was a mentor..." said Lucid owner and Smith's friend Dennis Turner.

46-year-old Cameron Smith was taking a break from work at the Lucid marijuana retail store in Cheney Sunday at about 12:45 when police say a man fired two rounds into Smith's vehicle, before stealing the SUV with Smith still inside.

Police say they don't know why Smith was targeted and they don't think he knew his abductors.

"There wasn't a robbery attempt. It's still unclear why this happened. We are in the process now of trying to locate the employee and the suspects," said Cheney Police Department Captain Rick Beghtol.

Police have surveillance photos of two of the three suspects they believe are involved. The male is Native American with tattoos on his neck and face. The female suspect caught on camera in Lucid is also native with brown hair. A third woman has no description because she never got out of the white truck the three arrived in.

Smith's friends say they're praying he's okay and will be back home safe soon.

"Cam brought a personality and a spirit about him that was unmatched and unparalleled. So at this point, you know, he is a brother and each one of us looks at him as brothers and sisters." Turner said.

Many of his coworkers say he was like another member of the family.

"He guided everybody in the city, just the right way. So for that tragic event to happen, you know, we just praying that we get him back at this point and that he is safe." Turner said.

Smith lived in Cheney, but is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Coworkers and customers at Lucid call him the face of the business.

Police don't know yet what motivated this crime, but say, they're working every lead. Those who know and love Smith say they'll continue to stay positive.

"At this point, us dwelling on negative does nothing for anybody. And we are going to pray for forgiveness for the suspects and then we'll also look for a safe return for him home," Turner said.

Turner said the community is welcome to attend a candlelight vigil Monday night at 7 P.M. at Lucid, located at 1845 First Street in Cheney. They say it's a gathering of hope to stand together for Smith's safe return.

Police are still looking for Smith's vehicle. It's a gray 2008 Acura SUV with Washington plate BCV4296. They believe the suspects may be heading toward Yakima. Police say the male suspect may be from that area.

The two women who took off from the scene shortly before the shooting may be driving a white ford utility pickup. Police don't have license plate information for that.

These people are believed to be armed and dangerous, so call 911 if you see them.