Ada County Sheriff's deputies are trying to find who shot a 36-year-old Boise man in the leg near the home of Idaho Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher south of Meridian Monday morning.
Officials say it appears as if the man was in a car with three other men before getting out of the car and being shot near Fulcher's home, which is in the Linder, Victory, and Amity roads neighborhood. Deputies say the victim and the shooter are known to each other, but there does not appear to be any connection with Fulcher.
Fulcher told the Idaho Statesman Monday the location of the shooting appeared to be random. "To the best of our knowledge, a car pulled over, they shot this guy and then kicked him out on the road."
The victim was within about 50 yards of Fulcher's home, which sits on a 5-acre lot, and was closest to the spot where the man was apparently left, Fulcher said.
Preliminary reports indicate the shooting may have been drug-related, but details on how were not available Monday afternoon.
The call came in shortly after 10:30 a.m. Monday. The man later told deputies he was just got out of the car when someone inside opened fire, shooting five or six times. The man was hit with once before the car took off, according to reports.
Deputies say the men were driving a late 1990s or early 2000s dark Mercedes four-door car.
Paramedics took the victim to a local hospital for treatment for what appear to be non life-threatening injuries. News of the shooting near his home reached Fulcher while the Senate was in session. His 18-year-old daughter, a senior in high school, phoned saying a man had banged on the door and was bleeding badly from his wounds.
"I said, 'Call the police, call an ambulance and I'll be there as soon as I can,'" Fulcher said Monday afternoon. "Fortunately, my family is OK. I'm thankful for that. The police did a great job."
Fulcher's other children, ages 19 and 21, also were home from college for spring break.
"They put a blanket on him, gave him water and the police were there in minutes," Fulcher said. "The steps are covered with blood.
"It's just a shocking experience," Fulcher said. "It goes to show you that even in Meridian, Idaho, this kind of junk can happen."
Ada County Sheriff's officials say anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 343-2677.