Brooklyn Assemb. William Boyland may be under fire for alleged corruption and even insensitivity, but the embattled politician says the bullet he literally dodged near his Brownsville office Wednesday night was not meant for him.
Boyland, a four-term assemblyman representing the 55th Assembly District, was driving near Sutter and Saratoga avenues with his 7-year-old son after 6 p.m. Wednesday when several shots rang out.
One bullet lodged in the back of the driver's seat, so close that Boyland, 40, was able to feel its heat, his representative said. The other shattered the back window of his black Yukon SUV. Boyland and his son were uninjured.
"[Boyland] believes that he was caught in a crossfire or caught a stray bullet, but that he wasn't the target of it," Elnatan Rudolph, a spokesman for Boyland, told amNewYork. "But it's now behind him and now he hopes that the police will find who did this," he said.
An NYPD spokesman said investigators are searching for a suspect and possible motive.
Boyland, who was elected in 2003, came under pressure last week from some Brownsville residents after the assemblyman drove past and honked at a funeral for a 13-year-old girl who was struck and killed by an out-of-control car.
In March, the assemblyman, along with state Sen. Carl Kruger, was indicted in connection to bribery and corruption charges, to which Boyland has pleaded not guilty.
His rep dismissed theories that the shooting was related to either incident.