The NYPD is investigating a shooting in Brooklyn that shattered the rear window of an SUV driven by New York State Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., Fox News New York reports.
Boyland, 40, was returning from a barbershop with his 7-year-old son around 6 PM Wednesday evening, according to The New York Times, when the shots were fired at the intersection of Sutter and Saratoga avenues in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. Neighbors said they heard three gunshots.
Neither Boyland or his son were injured in the incident although police said they found a bullet lodged in the back of the front seat.
Investigators don't believe that Boyland was the intended target of the shooting.
Mr. Boyland did not see who fired the shots, according to The Times, and it was not known whether there were other witnesses to the shooting. As of late Wednesday night, detectives had no description of the gunman and no suspects.
Boyland was indicted earlier this year for his part in a "long-running, broad-reaching bribery conspiracy " with State Senator Carl Kruger, lobbyist Richard Lispky, a real estate developer and a hospital consultant. Boyland denies the charges.
Also this year, Boyland's constituents were in an uproar when it was discovered the assemblyman, who earns $79,500 a year, was absent for 20 of the 60 legislative sessions, did not introduce any bills and was apparently too busy playing games on Facebook to do any real work.
And most recently, Brownville residents were irked by Boyland's "flippant attitude" at a prayer vigil for a slain 13-year-old girl. "William Boyland drove by here and beeped his horn and drove off," Tony Herbert, 46, told The New York Daily News. "That was a disrespect to this community."
The four-term assemblyman represents the 55th Assembly district in Brooklyn, which includes Brownsville, and is from a political family. He holds the same seat his father, William F. Boyland Sr., held for 20 years. His uncle, Thomas S. Boyland, is also in the State Assembly and his sister, Tracy L. Boyland, was on the City Council.
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