Happy Friday, New York. On behalf of the Voice, we want to wish you all a wonderful weekend — and remind you that there’s still a would-be cop-killer on the loose.
We don’t mean to freak anyone out, but if a guy’s willing to shoot a cop, who knows what else he’s capable of — which is why it’s important we help authorities catch this creep before he wreaks any more havoc on the Big Apple.
As we reported yesterday, the suspect in yesterday’s shooting of an NYPD officer is described as a black male, in his 20s, and five-foot-nine with a thin build. His hair was braided in beaded corn-rows at the time of the shooting, and he was wearing a black shirt and red basketball shorts with beige stripes.
According to the NYPD, about 3:40 a.m. today, Officer Brian Groves and his partner, Officer Erick Corniel, were conducting “vertical patrol” at the Seward Public Housing Development at 64-68 Essex Street in Manhattan when Groves opened a door in a stairwell and stumbled upon a man holding a silver revolver.
“Gun,” Groves yelled to alert Corniel — who was at the opposite stairwell — about the weapon.
The suspect then started running — Groves gave chase as the gunman darted down four flights of stairs.
After the brief pursuit, the gunman turned and shot Officer Groves, hitting him in the chest “at the heart,” according to police. Luckily, the officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest, which stopped the bullet and likely saved his life.
Not realizing he was hit, Groves fired four shots at the suspect, but he got away — and it’s unclear whether he was wounded during the pursuit.
Again, catching this creep is pretty important — he tried to kill a cop and it doesn’t seem as though he has any qualms about killing anyone else. If you have any information about the suspect, you’re asked to call the NYPD.