Lawmaker Survives Shooting Near His Home

( There was a shooting incident near the New Haven home of Connecticut State Senator Gary Winfield Tuesday evening that left one man injured. The senator and his family were not the intended targets, and none of them were harmed.

According to reports, the unknown assailant opened fire at a man who was passing by Winfield’s house Tuesday around 7:00 pm. The victim, attempting to escape, ran toward Winfield’s home and several bullets struck the side of the house, police said.

The intended target, a 33-year-old New Haven man was struck by gunfire and was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was listed in stable condition Tuesday night.

Senator Winfield wrote on his Facebook page later that night that he and his family were okay following the incident. He confirmed that two bullets had struck the house, but said neither he nor his family was the target.

Winfield, the father of four children, said in his post that his younger kids were not aware of what had happened. But he and his wife would be monitoring them to see how they react.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit responded to the shooting and are leading the investigation. Police confirmed that Senator Winfield was not the intended target.

Winfield is serving his fifth term in the Connecticut Senate and is chief deputy majority leader. He also serves as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, vice chairman of the Energy and Technology Committee, and is a member of Appropriations, Education, House, and General Law.

The suspect was still at large on Wednesday and New Have police were urging any witnesses to come forward.