NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A New York state lawmaker and his son were unharmed after the vehicle they were riding in was hit by gunfire, a police spokeswoman said.
Deputy Inspector Kim Royster said police do not believe Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr., who represents part of Brooklyn, was the intended target in Wednesday’s incident, The New York Times reported Thursday.
The gunfire, Royster said, appeared to be “a random shooting.”
“It doesn’t seem they were aiming at the vehicle,” the police spokeswoman said.
The shooting occurred as Boyland was returning from a barber shop, authorities said. After hearing several shots fired, Boyland pulled over his vehicle over and called police.
Royster said Boyland, 40, a four-term assemblyman, did not know the sport utility vehicle he was driving had been hit. Royster said the back window was shattered and investigators recovered a bullet from one of the front seats.
“I asked him what happened and he said, ‘Somebody tried to shoot me through the window,'” witness Israel Narvaez told the New York Post. “The son looked like he was in shock. I asked if they wanted something to drink. The kid was obviously scared, I got him a soda.”
Boyland was indicted in March in a bribery and corruption scandal along with other lawmakers, the Times said. He pleaded not guilty to charges of accepting money as a consultant in return for his influence on behalf of MediSys Health Network.