Johnson City community in shock, residents still feel safe

By Jillian Marshall

March 31, 2014 Updated Apr 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Johnson City Police Officer David Smith was shot dead on Monday. The village community is in shock and mourning the loss of the patrolman.

The shooting happened on Harrison Street, only steps away from UHS Wilson Hospital and blocks away from homes and businesses.

Community members said they are in shock that this has happened in their home town.

Nick Buchanan said he saw cops speeding down Main Street to the scene while on his commute to work.

"It just catches you off guard. You never know what's going to happen and it's just a shame. It's really a shame," Buchanan said.

Just a short walk away from the scene live dozens of Binghamton University students who are from all over the northeast.

"It was very shocking. You know, you read about this stuff or hear about it on the news all the time, you never expect it to happen two streets down from you," said BU student Scott Fenelly.

"My heart and my prayers goes out to the family because I know I wouldn't want to lose anyone. So it goes to show that life is short and I just give my blessings to them," said James Corley, of Johnson City.

The shooting rocked the whole Greater Binghamton community, but people said that they feel safer than ever after seeing the quick response and the amount of law enforcement at the scene on Monday.

There is a Candlelight Vigil Tuesday night for fallen Officer Smith at the JC Police Department at 7:30 p.m.

A candlelight vigil will also be held on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at CFJ Park.