Family members hugged while community activist Christopher 2X looked on.
Annice Graves pleaded for anyone with information about her cousin's shooting to come forward.
Another of Ballard's cousins, Ravondia Beason, spoke to the media.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville father of seven was fighting for his life on Monday after police said he was shot during a possible weekend robbery.
The family of Andre Ballard, 43, said he was leaving work at Indi's Fast Food Restaurant near 11th and West Broadway Sunday night when he was approached by someone with a gun. Ballard's girlfriend, who was on the phone with him at the time, heard the gunfire.
"She heard some voices saying, ‘See what's in his pockets. What do you have?' At that point in time, she might have heard the gunshot," explained community activist Christopher 2X.
After the shooting, police said Ballard walked back into the restaurant to call for help.
Ballard's family said he was shot in the abdomen and underwent multiple surgeries since Sunday night. Police initially said Ballard would survive.
"Basically the surgeons have said that he's most likely not going to make it through the next several hours," said 2X.
Ballard worked at Indi's for eight years. Family members said he was working hard to support his seven children, who range in age from two to 27.
"My cousin is a good man," said Annice Graves. "I don't want anybody thinking this is some kind of stereotypical situation of someone who has been out here on drugs, hustling. My cousin wasn't like that."
Graves said on Sunday that Ballard had agreed to stay at work late to help out; otherwise he would not have been trying to catch a bus at the time he was shot.
"All he wanted to do was go home, lay down and rest up for the next day," said another cousin, Ravondia Beason.
Now his family doesn't know whether Ballard will come home at all.
"For somebody to kill my cousin when he's just minding his own business, working hard to take care of his family, that is not right. I want someone to come forward and tell me what they saw in regard to my cousin getting shot," pleaded Graves.
Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Louisville Metro Police Department's anonymous tip line, at 502-574-LMPD.
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