Prominent Memphis businessman shot and killed during attempted robbery

Prominent Memphis businessman shot and killed during attempted robbery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis businessman is dead after someone shot him late Friday night in the parking lot of a Midtown church after leaving a fundraiser for St. Jude.

Memphis Police identified the victim as Glenn Cofield the co-founder of Paragon Bank in Oxford Mississippi and on the committee for the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Investigators spent Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of Greater Lewis Street Church searching for anything that can help them find a killer.

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Memphis Police said they responded to a shooting just before 11:00 Friday night at a church on E. Parkway N.

When officers arrived, they located Glenn Cofield on the ground with a gunshot wound.

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Preliminary information indicates this was an attempted robbery by a man wearing a hoodie. The suspect fled the scene in a dark colored vehicle.

Previously, police told FOX13 the shooting stemmed from an argument.

Cofield and his wife attended a fundraiser two doors down from the church. FOX13’s Jeremy Pierre spoke to a woman by phone who attended the same event.

The woman asked that we protect her identity.

"If we had left five minutes earlier it could have very well been us,” the woman said.

The host told me he provided a shuttle from the lot for people attending the party.

Several people who attended Saturday night’s event told us Cofield and his wife didn’t take the shuttle back to their car instead they decided to walk.

The man who hosted the event told me several armed security guards did work last night.

One happened to be within 40 yards of the shooting.

"The car was parked about six to seven cars away from mine,” the woman said.

FOX13 reached out to members of Cofield’s family who said they aren’t ready to talk.

Police have not released any additional information about the shooter.