Group home employee shot, killed outside facility

Group home employee shot, killed outside facility

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A group home worker was killed outside of the facility after shots were fired.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. outside of Open Arms Care on Greendale Avenue in Frayser.

When police arrived, they found an employee of the group care home had been shot. He was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition and later died.

Open Arms Care is a non-profit group that cares for people with intellectual disabilities.

OAC released the following statement:

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.

A neighbor said she was woken up by the commotion outside.

"Only thing I know, I woke up and I seen blue lights flashing in my bedroom window," Demetria Bridgeforth said.

Bridgeforth said her husband heard the gunshots.

"It's the first time since I've been over here anything like this has happened," she said.

Memphis Police Department tweeted out the man was taken to Regional Medical Center, where he later died. The group home confirmed he was an employee.

"Really it make me feel nervous kinda paranoid about what really happened," Bridgeforth said. "I hate to see, I hate to hear a person lost their life over some senseless crime."

Loretta Love, who also lives nearby, is worried about the safety of the community.

"Make me scared for the children, my grandchildren, all the children over here the children that walk to school," Love said. "You don't never know."

The victim's name has not been released. Suspect information is not available at this time either.

If you have any information on the shooting, you are asked to call 901-528-CASH.

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