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Man UP organization calls for an end to violence

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several organizations joined Louisville Metro Police Thursday to send a strong message against community violence.

The message to the suspect who shot a woman while she was taking a walk with her grandchild in a stroller is simple: Man up.

Members of the group "Man Up" gathered Thursday afternoon to call on the man responsible to face his crimes.

MeShorn Daniels, co-chairman of Man UP, expressed his anger over the incident. "I'm from the streets. And the fact is this is a punk move,” Daniels said. “The community needs to get involved and identify this individual if you can't man up and turn yourself in, if you know this individual, don't sit around and allow this to go on."

The shooting happened Wednesday afternoon when the grandmother stepped off of a TARC bus near 31st and Broadway.

Police say the suspect followed her and tried to take her purse. The woman struggled with the man for a while and he shot her in the stomach.

Man UP is a community organization with a message that people should take a stand against violence in their neighborhoods.

Man UP member Ray Barker said "The men of Man UP and other community organizations have decided to stand up today and denounce this senseless act of violence in this community.”

Pastor Vincent James spoke out against violence at the gathering. "To let them know that we are no longer accepting this type of activity in our community - in our streets - and we're serious about these offenses that are taking place.”

The men strongly encourage those committing violent crimes to get help.

“Get the help that you need, and if you feel you don't need help we're asking you to Man Up and be responsible for your actions."

LMPD is checking surveillance cameras at several businesses in the area and they’re hopeful it will help identify the suspect.

Police say the suspect is a thin, black man about 5’4” with short hair and a beard who was wearing a camo shirt and hat.

The victim is still recovering in the hospital, but she is expected to be okay.

Anyone with information is asked to call the LMPD tip line at 574-LMPD.

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