The two teenage boys shot dead near the Long Island home of GOP gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin were in a recording studio on a Suffolk County reservation known for gang activity, an official said. law enforcement at the Post.
Joel Murphy and Elijah Robinson, both 17, of Mastic, were shot and injured in the chest in the shooting at Shirley, police said on Monday.
Murphy also suffered a liver laceration and Robinson suffered an arm injury, cops said.
A senior law enforcement source told the Post that the teenage victims are “known to the department.”
Investigators are investigating whether a Saturday night feud at a Suffolk County recording studio could be linked to Sunday’s shooting, the source said.
Detectives are investigating the drive-by shooting as gang-related and were still looking for the gunman(s), a law enforcement source said.
Zeldin, 46, who was not home at the time of the shooting, told the Post on Sunday that his teenage twin daughters were doing their homework when the shots rang out.
He said in a Fox News interview on Monday that 16-year-old Mikayla and Arianna locked themselves in a bathroom.
“It really scared them. It’s something where you had two people who got shot and basically lay about 10 feet away from where they were doing their homework,” he said .
“One of the bullets landed about 30 feet from where the girls were doing their homework,” Zeldin continued.
“When we got home, I mean, we had to go through the crime scene tape, we were told where to walk so that we walked on blood. It’s not something we planned to come home to when we left for a Columbus Day Parade,” he said.
Zeldin said his security cameras captured three people on his property.
“One was lying on our porch or was lying under a bush in front of our porch a few feet away. The third person who was not shot was moving all around the property up and down the porch,” he said.
“It could be gang related, but it doesn’t make you feel any better. I mean, that’s the problem with Chicago right now. It’s a complete disaster,” he continued.
Zeldin, who has made rising crime one of his top campaign issues, said a reporter asked him an “outrageous” question about the politicization of the incident.
“I was answering his questions in front of the crime scene tape in front of my own house. And by the way, I was standing outside my house to answer their questions because they asked me to come out to talk to them,” he said.
“So I said, ‘OK, you’re asking me to come and talk about what happened and I’m happy to do that,'” he said.
“But the reality right now in this state is that viewers don’t feel safe,” Zelding continued, adding that people are afraid of being pushed on the subway.
Sources said although 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 crime-fighting platform.
One of the two victims, 17, jumped over the congressman’s fence trying to escape gunfire as bullets flew, knocking over a ‘Zeldin for Governor’ sign in the process, according to sources. sources.
Zeldin, who has served the 1st Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 2015, is seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul on a strong anti-crime platform.
Recent polls have Zeldin neck and neck with Hochul. The Republican challenger has gained ground in recent weeks by tapping into voter concerns about crime and high taxes.
Hochul said she learned about the shooting in a tweet on Sunday evening.
“While we await further details, I am relieved to hear that the Zeldin family is safe and grateful for the quick response from law enforcement,” she said, not responding to Zeldin’s comments on the increase in crime.
New York Post