Two people were shot outside Rep. Lee Zeldin’s (R-NY) New York home last night.
Zeldin, who is currently running for governor in New York, released a statement to confirm his family was unharmed.
“You had two people who got shot who were essentially laying down about ten feet from where they (his 2 daughters) were doing homework,” Zeldin said during an appearance on Fox News’s “Fox & Freinds” on Monday morning.
“One of the bullets landed about 30 feet from where the girls were doing homework.
“When we were getting back to the house, we had to go through crime scene tape.
“We were getting advised where to walk so that we weren’t stepping on blood,” he said.
“This is not something that we were planning to return home to.
“You’re also reading about somebody else who got stabbed on a New York City subway, somebody else who got slashed in the East Village,” he said.
“This is day after day after day,” Zeldin added.
“And there are a lot of parents, and there are a lot of families dealing with this reality of rising crime in New York.”
He issued a statement that said:
“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.
“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.”
Thank you to all who reached out regarding the 2 people shot this afternoon outside my home. Mikayla and Arianna were at the kitchen table doing homework. One of the bullets landed just 30 ft away. They acted very swiftly and smartly and Diana and I are extremely proud of them. pic.twitter.com/7oo6IwhTf5
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) October 9, 2022
So this person allegedly tried to stab stranger to death on subway, was released on no bail, and then … allegedly murdered someone (Tommy Bailey) on the subway. Beyond surreal in New York City and State. https://t.co/Kt2oncOk5P
— Nicole Gelinas 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦 (@nicolegelinas) October 6, 2022