Shooting outside Rep. Zeldin’s New York Home Wounds 2; family unharmed


A shooting at Rep. Lee Zeldin’s property in Shirley, New York on Sunday left two people injured, the congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate said in a statement. Zeldin’s family was unharmed.

“My 16-year-old daughters, Mikayla and Arianna, were at our house doing homework while my wife, Diana, and I were in the car after leaving the Bronx Columbus Day Parade at Morris Park,” Zeldin said.

The two people who were shot had laid down under the family’s porch and in the bushes in front of the porch, Zeldin said.

“After my daughters heard the gunshots and screams, they ran upstairs, locked themselves in the bathroom and immediately called 911. They acted very quickly and smartly every step of the way, and Diana and I are extremely proud of them.”

Suffolk County Police said the shooting has no connection to the Zeldin family. A police spokesman said the two people injured in the incident have been transported to area hospitals for treatment.

A law enforcement source told CNN that the two men were walking down the street at the congressman’s residence when a car pulled up and opened fire. The two men then ran toward Zeldin’s home as the car drove away, the source said. Both men are expected to survive their injuries, the source added.

Zeldin said police investigators came to his home and security footage was provided from the family’s home cameras. He said he did not know the identity of the two people.

“My daughters are shaken, but OK,” he said. “Like so many New Yorkers, crime has literally found its way to our front door. My family is grateful to everyone who has reached out and we will provide another update when we can.”

Zeldin has made criticism of rising crime a central theme of his gubernatorial campaign against incumbent Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul. He was attacked by a man with a sharp object on the campaign trail in July.

Hochul tweeted Sunday night that she had been briefed on the shooting.

“While we await more details, I am relieved to hear that the Zeldin family is safe and grateful for the police’s quick response,” she wrote.

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