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A shooting on the Shirley, New York, property of Rep. Lee Zeldin 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, having just left the Bronx Columbus Day Parade in Morris Park,” said Zeldin.

The two people who were shot were lying on 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 had no connection to the Zeldin family. A police spokesman said the two people injured in the incident had been taken to area hospitals for treatment.

A police source told CNN the two men were walking down the street from the Congressmen’s Block when a car pulled up and opened fire. The pair then ran towards Zeldin’s house 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 by the family’s home cameras. He said he did not know the identities of the two people.

“My girls are shaken, but ok,” he said. “Like so many New Yorkers, crime has literally made 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 Governor Kathy Hochul. He was attacked by a man holding a sharp object during the election campaign in July.

Hochul tweeted Sunday evening that she had been notified of the shooting.

“As we await further details, I am relieved to hear that the Zeldin family is safe and grateful for the quick response from law enforcement,” she wrote.



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