Police Investigate Brooklyn Shooting That Damaged Assemblyman William Boyland’s Car

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New York State assemblyman and his young son found themselves caught in the crossfire on Wednesday night. No one was hurt, but the two had quite a fright.

Assemblyman William Boyland and his 8-year-old son narrowly missed being hit by bullets after the lawmaker’s GMC Yukon was suddenly hit by gunfire in Brooklyn, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.

“When you hear shots, duck. So, I’m in the car like this,” Boyland said, demonstrating. “So, as I came back up, I find a bullet behind me in the chair, and it’s hot in the back. And at first I thought, I was shot.”

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports: Boyland Feels Shaken

At around 6 p.m. at Sutter and Saratoga the vehicle’s rear window was shattered.

“As the light changes, three shots ring out. One shot behind, the other two in the car,” Boyland said.

Not only was the rear windshield blown out, but the second shot hit the passenger seat belt.  Boyland’s son was in the back seat behind him.

Boyland said he stopped the car in the middle of the street to see if his son was okay.

“He jumps out and grabs me and I check him, and he’s shaken up, of course,” Boyland said.

Police do not believe the assemblyman was targeted, theorizing it was random gunfire possibly from a gang, yet police have posted security outside his Brooklyn office. The embattled four-term lawmaker does not believe it had anything to do with federal corruption charges, to which he’s pleaded not guilty.

The case against Boyland charges he accepted money as a consultant in return for his influence on behalf of a health care group.

“That has absolutely nothing to do with what’s happening here,” Boyland said.

The elected official said he was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time, in an area where gun violence is not uncommon.

What do you think of Assemblyman Boyland? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Richie

    I believe we should all have the right to bear arms, even in NYC. I used to live in NYC but now I live in Georgia. You can buy as many guns and ammunition as you like for your security, your hobby….etc. My son and I go to the shooting range often so we’re ready here in Georgia if confronted by anyone. You can get a carrying permit for 5 years for about eighty bucks but you dont need it if you have your gun on your property or your car. We have an ammo factory jjust up the road from where I work so we have plenty of that in case anything should arise. Between my son and I we own 7 guns.

  • lydiass

    Gunshots occurring in Brownsville are like finding planes in an airport, food in Pathmark, tourists in midtown, loiterers in McDonald’s, and taxi scabbies that can’t drive for c r a p.I am a 26 years old nurse, young and beautiful. Now I am seeking an older gentle man who can give me real love , so i got a username Annababe2011 on—a’ge’l’es’s’da’te. C óM—it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and older men, or older women and younger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck it out or tell your friends.

  • billlle13

    Just seems to show how many UNlawful guns that are around-Makes a good citizen want to own a legal fun for protection -for when we have the NEXT BLACKOUT – as in electricy.

  • wake up people!

    Street justice…that’s how his “peeps” roll.

  • Sonny Southerland

    I don’t think this act is justified, aginst him. But the community is very upset with him and his family, for taking money out the community for years. Also, the latest indictment concerning Brookdale Hospital. He should walk away from his office and never return, and I think he’s still facing jail time. If not, he just can’t be trusted, but some people still like him. I just want this community to have the badly needed services to help the people.

  • Very conservative

    What’s to investigate? Gunshots occurring in Brownsville are like finding planes in an airport, food in Pathmark, tourists in midtown, loiterers in McDonald’s, and taxi scabbies that can’t drive for c r a p.

  • bill burns

    Being that he was a COLORED, SHOULD HE EXPECT his HOMEBOYZ to be BOY SCOUTS?

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