Police Officer Shot at Essex and Grand on the Lower East Side [Updated]

Posted on: July 5th, 2012 at 5:05 am by
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You probably don’t wanna be awake right now, but that helicopter buzzing overhead isn’t helping matters. Since roughly 4:00 am this morning, an NYPD chopper has been combing the Lower East Side for a perpetrator. Police and other press on scene confirm that a cop was shot near the corner of Essex and Grand Streets.

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Pretty much the whole area is currently on lockdown in pursuit of the gunman – Essex from Delancey southward to Grand Street. The spotlights out, the manhunt on. No word yet on the condition of the victim, but ABC reporter Marci Gonzalez tweeted that the bullet may have struck the officer’s bulletproof vest.

UPDATE: The @Worldbroadcaster handle notes that the cop was shot on one of the upper floors of 62-64 Essex Street, the Seward Park Extension building, and was reportedly transported the Bellevue in stable condition. Perp is a black male in his 20s wearing red shorts, cornrows, was last seen in the building.

We’ll keep you posted on the latest…

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