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Lee Zeldin on shooting outside home: NY crime issues literally "showed up at our front doorstep"

His daughters were studying inside when the shooting occurred.

October 10, 2022 11:56pm

Updated: October 11, 2022 8:07am

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., said that a shooting outside his Long Island home on Sunday brought the Big Apple’s crime issues “extremely close to home.”

Zeldin, who is running in the midterms to unseat Democratic incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul, described on Monday’s Fox & Friends how he received a call from one of his twin daughters while they were away. The sobbing pair locked themselves in an upstairs bathroom after hearing multiple gunshots and called 911.

"You had two people who got shot who were essentially laying down about ten feet from where they were doing homework," Zeldin said. "One of the bullets landed about 30 feet from where the girls were doing homework."

The Republican posted Sunday afternoon on Twitter that the two individuals who were shot were found laying under his front porch and the bushes in front of the porch. They were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

Zeldin told the hosts that his security cameras had picked up a third person who had not been shot prowling around the home and praised his daughters for how they handled the emergency.

“I really am grateful for how swift and smartly the girls responded,” he said.

The congressman noted that this was not the only violent incident in the city that day.

"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 said. "And there are a lot of parents, and there are a lot of families dealing with this reality of rising crime in New York."

Zeldin has been trying to lock down his opponent for a debate. Hochul has yet to agree to a single date.