Rep. Lee Zeldin says his family is safe after two people were shot outside his Long Island home over the weekend.
Zeldin, who is running for governor, said he doesn’t know the identities of those involved, but said they were found under his porch and in the bushes in front of his Shirley, New York home.
His office said that his daughters were home at the time of the incident and heard the gunshots, as well as yelling outside. They called 911 and waited for authorities to arrive.
Zeldin nor his wife were home at the time. The two gunshot victims were treated at area hospitals.
The shooting doesn’t appear to have any connection to Zeldin or his family. The incident remains under investigation.
He released the following message after the shooting:
“Thank you to everyone who reached out expressing concern regarding the shooting outside my home this afternoon around 2:18pm. My 16 year old daughters, Mikayla and Arianna, were at our house doing homework, while my wife, Diana, and I were in the car, having just departed the Bronx Columbus Day Parade in Morris Park.
After my daughters heard the gunshots and the screaming, they ran upstairs, locked themselves in the bathroom and immediately called 911. One of the bullets was found about 30 feet from where they were doing their homework. They acted very swiftly and smartly every step of the way and Diana and I are extremely proud of them. The two individuals who were shot were laying down under my front porch and the bushes in front of our porch. My understanding is that they have been transported to area hospitals. I do not know their identities.
Law enforcement is currently at our house. My entire family is at home working with the investigators and providing the security footage from our home cameras. My daughters are shaken, but ok. Like so many New Yorkers, crime has literally made its way to our front door. My family is grateful to all who have reached out and we will provide another update when we can.”Rep. Lee Zeldin, Republican Candidate for Governor
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