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Recent violence takes center stage at annual meeting of west Louisville leaders

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three people were shot in Louisville early Sunday morning. It happened just days after two people were shot and killed at a football game on Thanksgiving Day.

Right now, police are looking for suspects in connection with all of the shootings and some West Louisville leaders are looking for ways to stop this deadly trend.

"I knew then he was dead, there's nothing we could do," said Neal Robertson, president of the West Louisville Urban Coalition.

Robertson was at the annual Juice Bowl in Shawnee Park on Thanksgiving Day when several people were shot and two of them died.

Robertson said, "It is a sight I wouldn't want a child to see."

The gun violence continued early Sunday morning, after three people were shot on West Broadway. All three survived.

Robertson said, "That saddens me and lets me know that we got a lot of work to do in this city."

For Robertson and more than a dozen other west Louisville leaders, the work started on Sunday night.

"In light of all the things we've got going on in our community, I think it's important that we as men come together because I think that we are the key to making things happen in our community," said MeShorn T. Daniels, community activist.

It was an annual post Thanksgiving dinner to talk about issues important to west Louisville.

After a prayer, the violence took center stage.

Robertson said, "All they want is somebody who cares about them to grab 'em up and say, bruh, here, go another way."

They are all the same race but a very eclectic group.

"We have in a community that has a 50 billion dollar GDP, are you telling me that out of 50 billion dollars, we can't solve this problem," said Waymen Eddins, former candidate for Kentucky State Representative.

"When you're in the trenches, it is a lot different. You gotta reach these people totally different than when you talk to people who are logical and say, hey that kind of makes sense," said Adolph Thompkins, Co-Founder of Man Up.

At times, the conversation even gets a little heated.

Daniels hosted the event and said, "Just because I know how to sit at the table with people who are different than me ... doesn't make me no Uncle Tom or sell out."

"You've been called worse! You've been called worse," responded another man.

But with this group, disagreements are okay.

Daniels explained, "It's a good thing."

Because there's no danger of violence, and they're hoping to set an example.

"It is an example of men who can agree to disagree; it didn't get so out of hand that we went fisticuffs," said Ray Barker, a retired police officer, also known as "Sir Friendly C."

Right now, Metro Police are still looking for suspects in all of the shootings. Anyone with information can call the departments anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.

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