Republican New York Rep. Lee Zeldin confirmed his family is safe following a shooting involving two people outside of his home in Shirley, N.Y., according to a report by Politico.
Zeldin and his wife were not home at the time of the shooting but his teenage daughters were at the house but were uninjured. The 16-year-old twins locked themselves in the bathroom during the time of the shooting, the report said.
“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.” Zeldin said in a statement on the matter.
Zeldin is on the November ballot as the Republican opposition to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat. Zeldin has been a critic of the governor’s leadership and stance on crime. Gov. Hochul has been a critic of Zeldin’s party and views on abortion. Gov. Hochul has been leading Zeldin in the polls, the New York Times reports.