Officer Shot in LES Saved by Bulletproof Vest
One MTA worker at the Delancey/Essex St. subway stop said: "I feel safe, but the community is not safe. The Chase Manhattan Bank [at the corner of Delancey & Essex] has been robbed twice. It's not safe for police officers, it's not safe for anyone." Jeff Andrews, a resident of the area, said it was the first time he had seen anything like this in the neighborhood. "This is a big thing," said Andrews, a three year resident of the neighborhood. "It looks like world war three over there." Andrews also said he thought police had been overreacting to such incidents ever since 9/11. "The guy didn't even get shot," said Andrews, "now they're going through every single apartment with no warrant. They've been here since 2:30 [a.m.]." Andrews indicated the long line of police vans in front of the housing complex. When asked if the incident made him feel any less safe, Andrews said: "I guess something's gotta happen sooner or later." Another resident of the area, Mike Duvall, said he had been living nearby for 22 years. Duvall said the incident "doesn't change anything" and he still "absolutely feel[s] safe." Duvall said a recent incident involving teenage boys with guns nearby made him feel more unsafe. A man standing outside a psychic/tarot card shop near the intersection of Delancey and Essex Sts. gave the name Steve and said he was married to the psychic who worked there. He said he has lived nearby for four years. "I love it," he said of the area. He said he feels no less safe after the shooting. Steve also said he has not heard about similar violence in the area. "This is the first time in four years it's been so close," he said. A construction worker who had been working nearby for months also said he felt no less safe after the shooting. Officer Groves is the ninth police officer shot on duty this year. As of Thursday afternoon, police were still looking for the suspect, described according to Kelly as "a black male in his 20s, about 5-foot-9, thin build, with his hair braided in corn rows, and wearing a black T-shirt with red basketball shorts with beige stripes."
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