MERIDIAN -- State Senator Russ Fulcher from Meridian received a surprise phone call at the Statehouse Monday morning.
The Republican lawmaker says his daughter, who was home on spring break from college, called to report a gunshot victim had knocked on the door of the family's home near the 4000 block of South Linder Road.
"This was a bit of a shock today," Fulcher told KTVB. "I was on the Senate floor today, and I got a phone call from my daughter ... she said 'Dad, somebody's at the door and he's been shot.'"
Fulcher says several of his adult children, who were home at the time, helped the man get medical attention by calling police and an ambulance.
Ada County Sheriff's Deputies confirm a man was found shot in the leg near that location Monday morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. They say the 36-year-old victim was riding in a car with three other men just before the shooting happened. They say the victim got out of the car and someone inside the car fired four to five rounds from a handgun. The man was hit in the leg once as he stood on the roadway outside of the car.
Deputies say there doesn't seem to be any connection between the shooting victim and homes nearby, including Fulcher's.
Fulcher says deputies told him the shooting was drug-related.
"From what we understand, the location was totally random, but there was some kind of drug deal apparently gone bad," Fulcher said.
Sergeant Steve Bartlett said multiple shots were fired during the incident, and officers were "looking into the possibility" the shooting involved a drug deal.
The shooting victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment and is said to be in stable condition.
Authorities are looking for a late-1990’s or early-2000’s model black, four-door Mercedes Benz. The car has a tan interior and dark tinted windows. It was last seen driving at a high rate of speed west on Victory Road as it left the area.
Deputies say the shooting appears to be an isolated incident involving people well known to each other. They say the public isn't in danger.
"I guess this goes to show that this even happens in rural Meridian, Idaho," Fulcher said.
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