Two people were shot outside Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin’s Suffolk County home Sunday, according to police and the lawmaker.
Zeldin, a current member of Congress, said his twin 16-year-old daughters were inside the Shirley, L.I., home on Saint George Drive West doing homework at the time of the incident. Three teenagers walking by his house were shot at in a drive-by shooting around 2:20 p.m., police said.
Two 17-year-old boys from Mastic and Mastic Beach were struck with bullets. The third took off on foot, cops said.
The pol and his wife Diana were on their way home from the Bronx Columbus Day Parade in Morris Park, he said in a statement.
“After my daughters heard the gunshots and the screaming, they ran upstairs, locked themselves in the bathroom and immediately called 911,” Zeldin said. “They acted very swiftly and smartly every step of the way, and Diana and I are extremely proud of them.”
The two victims were lying under his front porch and his bushes, according to Zeldin. They were transported to local hospitals, where they were recovering Sunday night, according to police.
There was no connection between Zeldin or his family members and the shooting, sources said.
“My daughters are shaken, but ok. Like so many New Yorkers, crime has literally made its way to our front door,” said the candidate, who’s running on a tough-on-crime platform. “My family is grateful to all who have reached out and we will provide another update when we can.”
In a tweet Sunday evening, Gov. Kathy Hochul said she was “relieved” to hear Zeldin and his family were safe.