40-year-old William Boyland, Jr., a member of the New York State Assembly who represents a section of Brooklyn, was driving with his 8-year-old son when their car was struck by gun shots. One bullet went over the car, the next crashed through the rear window, and a third bullet tore into the seat belt on the passenger side. "I thought I was shot," said the assemblyman, who said he began screaming his son's name "trying to see if he's okay." Neither was injured.
Police say the shooting was random and that Boyland was not the target but simply someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Detectives are trying to determine where the shots were fired from. No arrests have been made.
Several residents expressed annoyance at all the attention the shooting was receiving. "It was a random shooting," said Kim, a resident of a public housing complex. "That happens around here every other day."
"Look, a politician's window got shot out," added Karon, age 26, "We're in the 'hood. That's how it goes down."
Sad. There are warzones with less action than this. It remains to be seen if this legislator will now be any more inspired to do something about it than others.
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