Club shooting victim walking the road to recovery 1 year later


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on January 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 1:04 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – After being shot, Sheronda Morris embarked upon a miraculous journey--proving those around her wrong and setting the near impossible example of compassion and forgiveness.

She wants to end gun violence in this community and she knows firsthand how difficult this fight will be. She needs your help.

"You can't give up because you're a victim," Morris said.

Morris isn’t giving up – in fact, she’s doing the exact opposite. She’s standing up for peace – literally.

Sunday marked a year since Morris was outside “The View” nightclub on Story Avenue trying to break up a fight when someone opened fire. She was shot in the back and Morris was told she would never walk again.

“My first day in recovery, I took four steps. The next day, I took 50,” she said.

Morris is defying odds every day, physically and emotionally. He shooter has never been found and instead of anger, Morris practices more peace.

“This gun violence has to stop,” she pleads.

According to LMPD, last year 197 people were shot. 48 of the victims died.

“That’s from the east side, the west side, the south end, the north end. We have shootings all over Louisville – it’s that bad,” Morris said.

Morris is partnering with rapper Master P to launch a new campaign called “Put the Guns Down and Let the Kids Grow.”

“[As] long as we come together as a community, that’s the only way we’re going to be able to survive these things and take our neighborhoods back,” she said.

Just like her journey, Morris knows change will take time. It’s the commitment that’s key.

“It’s a slow process but it’s just something that you just have to keep working on and just have that and will and want to do it – regardless if you’re a victim or not,” Morris said.

Morris has had multiple surgeries since her injury. She will have another one on Tuesday.