NEW YORK – Two people were killed Sunday outside the Long Island home of Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin.
According to Mr. Zeldin, his two 16-year-old twin daughters were at home doing homework during the incident while he and his wife were returning from the Bronx Columbus Day Parade in Morris Park.
“After my daughters heard the gunshots and the screaming, they came upstairs, locked themselves in the bathroom and immediately called 911. They acted very quickly and smartly every step of the way,” Mr. Zeldin said in a statement. statement
He said the two individuals who were shot were transported to area hospitals. Their identity is currently unknown.
“Law enforcement is currently at our home. My entire family is at home working with investigators and providing security footage from our home cameras,” Zeldin said.
“My daughters are shaken, but they’re okay. Like many New Yorkers, crime has literally made its way to our front door. My family is grateful to everyone who reached out and we will provide another update when we can.
This is the second time that Mr. Zeldin has been personally affected by crime or violence during the campaign.
In July, at an event in Fairport, an attendee attacked him on stage at gunpoint.
The New York Republican is running for governor on a law-and-order platform and criticized Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, over New York’s bail changes that have made it harder to keep accused criminals behind bars while awaiting trials.
Mr. Zeldin has represented the state’s 1st Congressional District since 2015 and served in the state assembly prior to his time on Capitol Hill.