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Residents plan walk to take back neighborhood

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Residents of a Midtown neighborhood wants to prove they're not afraid to walk their streets, after two recent shootings left many terrified.

Paramedics and police rushed to Cowden just after 8:00 p.m. last Tuesday, after a man walking his dog was shot three times by a stranger who stopped him to ask for directions.

"I didn't know if it was fireworks or shots," neighbor Teresa Posey said.

On April 4th, less than six blocks away on South Cox, a man was shot dead wile walking down the street.  Investigators believe his murder started with an attempted robbery.

"It's unbelievable," neighbor Shannon Carter said. "It was so scary."

Since the recent violence, concern is taking over the area.  So now, neighbors are trying to take back their neighborhood, organizing a walk to stop the violence in Midtown.

The walk starts on Cooper, passes the crime scene on South Cox and the crime scene on Cowden before finishing on Higbee, where local elected officials are scheduled to address the crowd, including Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland.

"We as a community ought to be outraged at the crime that's occurring on our streets," Strickland said. "It is ridiculous that people are not safe to walk their dogs at 8 o'clock at night without fear of being shot, and we need to take a stand."

The walk begins Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Cooper and Harbert.  It is expected to last about 90 minutes.

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