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Tennessee business leader fatally shot while hosting the run, police say

Philip Trenary was shot and killed in Memphis on Thursday.

(Memphis Chamber of Commerce)

A former airline and Tennessee business leader, was fatally shot Thursday night as he hosted a 4-mile run, and the police started a search for the killer.

Philip Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce and former Pinnacle Airlines CEO, was shot and killed in downtown Memphis. He was the host of the annual “Move it Memphis” race, in which the participants walk along the Mississippi River.

Trenary was pronounced dead at Regional Health hospital, according to the Commercial Appeal.

The suspect was described as a man with dreadlocks, wearing a blue shirt and driving a white Ford F150.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland twitteed the shooting “senseless.”

“As many of you, I am shocked at the senseless loss tonight by Phil Trenary, to be a leader in our community. More than anything, in these times, my thoughts are with his family and colleague’s Room,” he said.

Gov. Bill Haslam tweeted that “our hearts are broken with the news.”

Trenary founded Lone Star Airlines in Oklahoma in 1984 and came to Memphis to a regional airline was Pinnacle, a $1 billion company with more than 7,000 employees. He left Pinnacle in 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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