FedEx pilot shot in Memphis while sleeping

Published: Mar. 1, 2023 at 8:18 AM EST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC/Gray News) - A FedEx pilot was shot in the middle of the night while asleep in bed, WMC confirmed. The aviator was staying in a home in Sherwood Forest, a neighborhood right next to the University of Memphis Park Avenue campus.

FedEx employs more than 5,500 of the world’s most experienced pilots. Many are military veterans. If they live out of town but will be flying out of the Memphis hub, they stay overnight in a crash pad, a cheap place to rent close to the airport.

At 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, one pilot’s crash pad became a crime scene.

After the shooting, 23-year-old Dillon Munn rushed to check on his mother. She lives right across the street from where the FedEx pilot was hit by gunfire.

Police said someone opened fire on the crash pad just after midnight.

“What’s going through my mind? I’m really trying to figure out what happened,” said Munn. “Every time I see [the pilots], they wave and smile. Never was a problem. Like I said, it’s pilots. They got stuff to live for, you know what I’m saying? I’m pretty sure they ain’t out here riskin’ it.”

Police said there are no witnesses to the shooting, no surveillance video, no suspect information or motive. Investigators said they found .223 caliber shell casings at the scene, the kind of bullets used in an AR-15 or other style rifle.

Large bullet holes were visible in the front door, front windows and paneling of the house. Multiple rounds went into the front bedroom. Broken glass was everywhere.

Police said the pilot, whose identity has not been released, was rushed to Regional One in non-critical condition, hit in the back near his right shoulder.

In a statement to WMC, FedEx said: “Our thoughts remain focused on the well-being of our team member. We are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities at this time.”

Munn said his thoughts are on his mother and moving her to a safer neighborhood.

“It’s messed up right here, right now in Memphis. It really is, especially dealing with the youth. You’ve got so much crime going on. You can’t go anywhere without getting your car broken into,” said Munn, “When is it going to stop? When is it going to stop?”