Employee shot and killed outside home for disabled adults

by: Jerrita Patterson Updated:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - An employee at a group home for disabled adults is dead after being shot outside the home in Frayser. 

Sources are telling FOX13, the victim was the husband of a Memphis Police Officer. Today, the department pleaded for any information that could help them track down the killer.

The employee was shot multiple times outside the home in the 1400 block of Greendale just before 11:30 Tuesday night. 

He was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition, but later died.

"It was like a real loud bang," Memphis mother Quita said. 

Quita, who was only comfortable sharing her first name, was surprised to learn the late night sound was a violent attack happening a few yards from her Frayser home. At the time, Quita said she wasn't sure what she was hearing, but she knew it wasn't what her toddler son thought it was.

"He was like, 'Mom, it's fireworks going off,' she recalled. "And I was like 'Yeah, we are getting ready to go in the house.'"

Another worker told FOX13 this employee was a father in his late 20s and a very hard worker. His identity has not yet been released. 

The group home, Open Arms Care Corporation, released a statement saying: 

"First, we would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the victim. Secondly, we would like to thank the first response team and the Memphis Police Department (MPD) for their commitment to finding the person responsible.

Right now, our primary focus is providing information to the MPD to help expedite the investigation process.

We do not have any further information to report at this time."

Quita told FOX13 she is scared to live in Memphis these days based off what's happened recently. 

"It's just bad out here and it's like nothing nobody can do about it," Quita said.

The area was roped off as detectives, with flashlights in hand, began looking for any clues that might lead them to the shooter. However, under the cover of darkness the killer was able to evade police.

"It's sad," Quita said. "It's real sad. It makes you not want to leave out of your house at all."

If you have any information that could help detectives, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH

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