Two people were shot outside the Long Island home of GOP gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin on Sunday while his twin teenage daughters were at home, he confirmed to The Post.
“My daughters Mikayla and Arianna were doing homework on the first floor,” said Zeldin, who was not at the house in Shirley at the time. “They heard the shots. Boom! They went upstairs and locked themselves in the bathroom.
“They’re freaked out,” the congressman said of his 16-year-old girls. “One of the bullets was found 30 feet from where my daughters were doing their homework.”
Detectives are investigating the shooting as gang-related and were still looking for the gunman or gunmen, according to a law enforcement source.
Sources said that while the shooting took place two doors down from Zeldin’s home — and a bullet hit the congressman’s fence — it had “nothing to do with’’ the candidate, who is running on a tough-on-crime platform.
“Just happens to be irony,” a source told The Post.
One of the victims jumped over the congressman’s fence trying to escape getting shot as the bullets flew, knocking over a “Zeldin for Governor” sign in the process, according to sources.
Sources said one of the victims was shot in the chest, while the other was grazed.
The Suffolk County pol said the victims were taken to Long Island Community Hospital.
He said his front porch, where he had been interviewed by The Post just a day prior, “is now part of the crime scene.
“The local police have cordoned off the area,” he said.
A law enforcement source said there was blood all over the property.
“Crime is out of control,” Zeldin said in a statement. “Like so many New Yorkers, crime literally made its way to our front doorstep.
“There was blood in the rock right next to the porch,” Zeldin added. “One of the shooting victims was underneath the porch. The other was underneath bushes near the porch.”
Zeldin said he and his wife, Diana, had just left the house to attend a Columbus Day Parade in the Morris Park neighborhood in The Bronx.
The twins called 911 from the home around 2:20 p.m. to report the mayhem, he said.
“My daughters are shaken but ok,” he said. “My family is grateful to all who have reached out and we will provide another update when we can.”
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