Republican candidate for governor and New York congressman Lee Zeldin claims his family is safe after two strangers were shot on Sunday in front of his Long Island house.
The two victims of the shooting, according to Zeldin, were discovered in the bushes and beneath his porch in Shirley, New York, but he is unsure of their names. According to the congressman’s office, while his teenage girls were inside the house at the time of the shooting even though he and his wife were not there, they heard gunshots and screams.
According to Zeldin, his daughters, both 16, locked themselves in a bathroom and dialed 911. He claimed the family was startled but OK. The incident happened as Zeldin and his wife were leaving a parade in the Bronx.
He said that on Sunday night, authorities were conducting an investigation at his house and reviewing the surveillance footage. He said that the two shooting victims were transferred to nearby hospitals.
He answered, “My girls are startled, but well. My family is appreciative to everyone who has reached out, and we will offer another update as soon as we are able. “Crime has actually found its way to our front door, as it has for so many New Yorkers.
On Sunday evening, Zeldin intended to conduct a press conference in front of his house.
In a short statement, the Suffolk County Police Department said that it was looking into the incident. According to a representative for the police, no information was available about who shot the two persons or who discovered them first.
In his campaign against Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, Zeldin has made increasing crime rates and violent crime a priority. Among other things, he has campaigned for the state’s bail requirements to be stricter.
After learning of the incident, Hochul expressed her “relief” that the Zeldin family was uninjured.
She wrote, “I have been informed about the shooting outside Congressman Zeldin’s house. I’m glad to hear the Zeldin family is safe and appreciative of law enforcement’s prompt reaction while we wait for additional information.
It’s his second near-death experience in recent months. He was attacked in July while running for office in upstate New York when a guy walked up to him onstage and shoved something sharp close to his head and neck. He wasn’t hurt, and the guy was taken into custody.