TWO people were shot dead outside the home of a criminal gubernatorial candidate in New York while his daughters were doing homework inside, the politician said.
Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin confirmed Sunday’s shooting and said his twin girls rushed to lock themselves in a bathroom after hearing gunshots and screams.
After his daughters called 911, the two victims were discovered by police hiding under Zeldin’s porch, the congressman said in a statement.
“They freak out,” he told the New York Post.
“One of the bullets was found 30 feet from where my daughters were doing their homework.”
Zeldin and his wife were returning from a parade in the Bronx when the shooting occurred.
He said police officers checked the home’s security cameras during their investigation Sunday night.
The two shots were taken to a local hospital, where their condition is unknown.
The Suffolk County Police Department issued a brief statement saying it was investigating the shooting, which appeared to have no connection to Zeldin’s family.
Police had no information on who fired the shots or who found the two people who had been shot dead first, a spokeswoman said.
Zeldin, who is running against Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, has made rising crime a key talking point during his gubernatorial campaign.
“Like so many New Yorkers, crime has literally found its way to our front door,” Zeldin said at a news conference outside his home on Sunday morning.
The congressman said he was angry about the shooting, adding that his opponent Hochul had been briefed on the incident.
Hochul did not comment on Zeldin’s record of rising crime, but released a statement that said: “While we await further details, I am relieved to hear that the Zeldin family is safe and grateful for the quick response from the law enforcement agencies.”
Zeldin has called for the state’s bail laws to be tightened and other measures to reduce crime in New York.
The politician has served the 1st congressional district in the House of Representatives since 2015.
Recent polls show Zeldin is level with Hochul and has even made strides in recent weeks as he highlights New Yorkers increasingly affected by crime and high tax rates, the New York Post reported.
“New Yorkers across the state are fed up and scrutinizing the attacks on our wallets, security, liberties and children’s education,” Zeldin said last week.
“Crime Wave Kathy is pushing New York off a cliff.”
This is the second fear Zeldin has had in several months.
In July, he was attacked by a man while campaigning in upstate New York.
The man jabbed a sharp object near his head and neck, but luckily Zeldin escaped unharmed and the man was arrested.
Despite the events, Zeldin continues to fight the crime that tragically confronts him and his family.
“I just never want to stand in front of a crime scene tape outside of my own home or someone else’s,” he said.
“It’s a lot to do.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6404638/two-shot-outside-congressman-lee-zeldin-home/ Filming outside the New York gubernatorial candidate’s home has his twin daughters barricaded in a closet