Grove St. Resident: I didn't get any sleep last night

August 08, 2017 11:31 PM

MECHANICVILLE - Mechanicville Police continued their manhunt for a killer on Tuesday night. Just over 24 hours after Grove Street became a crime scene, by Tuesday night it had become a scene of candid conversation among neighbors.

Up until Monday night, there hadn't been a homicide like it in Mechanicville for decades. Residents seem to be factoring that in when they say they still feel safe, even though they aren't always convincing.

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When the street where you live turns into something that resembles a CSI TV drama, it's unnerving to say the least.

"I was shaken last night for sure," says Sheila Le, a Grove Street resident. I didn't get any sleep last night."

Le moved onto Grove Street about two years ago, and even though here neighbor was gunned down on Monday night, she still refuses to second guess her decision to move in.

"I feel this is a very contained situation and obviously it seemed very targeted," Le states.

That's what Mechanicville Police Chief Joseph Waldron would have you believe about the murder of 19-year old David Feliciano, mowed down, apparently in a hail of bullets on his driveway MOnday night.

"We do not have a suspect but we're following several leads," Waldron says.

Annmarie Boucher lives just up the street from the shooting scene, also believing Feliciano was probably targeted.

"I don't think it's just random but who who knows?" Boucher asks rhetorically. These days it could be drugs involved but you don't know. It's scary."

Anna Galeri is one of eleven children in her family who grew up on Grove Street. Now 82, she says she's living in a neighborhood she no longer recognizes.

"Almost all of the same people or their children live in this street," Galeri points out, "It's starting to change."

The police chief says he understands how people feel.

"Obviously unnerving in a community this size," Waldron says, "Rest assured we are doing everything we can, bring everything to bear to get this case resolved."

For now, that's about the only reassurance residents will get.

"You gotta be a little concerned," Boucher says, "What are you going to do? You gotta live your life. You can't hide but it's just sad it has to happen."

Chief Waldron reiterates the murder of David Feliciano was not a drive by shooting. He also says he doesn't know yet how many times Feliciano was shot.

Waldron is also hopeful anyone with information about the murder will contact police at 664-7383.


Dan Levy

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