NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A man was shot in a drive-by shooting Monday night outside the home of State Sen. Gary Winfield (D), which was hit by gunfire.

Around 7 p.m., police were called to Winchester Avenue for shots fired and learned a 33-year-old New Haven man was shot, and two rounds of gunfire had hit the senator’s home.

Winfield was home with his three children. When he heard gunfire, he said he made sure his children were OK and then checked on the man who was shot.

“The younger kids didn’t really know what was happening, so I let them think it was just us playing so we had to get down low,” Winfield said in a Facebook post Monday night.

Police said the victim was walking by Winfield’s home when he was shot and the shots were fired from a car driving by. The man was struck twice in the lower back.

Winfield and his family were not physically injured, and police said Winfield was not the target.

The man who was shot was taken to the hospital where he is in stable condition, according to police.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said this incident underscores the work the city needs to do to confront violence.

“The city has a multi-pronged approach to tackling gun violence. This year’s numbers compared to last year’s numbers are in general better but we are not resting easy. We’ve got a lot more work to do,” Elicker said. “We expect to feel safe in our homes and unfortunately for folks in New Haven and other communities, that may not always be the case.”

This week, New Haven leaders announced the city seized 54 guns and made 49 gun-related arrests.

“That person might commit another crime, they might take another life, so it’s very important for us to catch folks,” Elicker said.

Winfield spoke out Thursday about what happened and how to address crime in the state. He got emotional addressing the shooting during a budget discussion about crime.

“This legislature is really really good at talking about what happens after, and how that protects people. But if those bullets had — if those bullets had slightly been in a different place, none of what we can only talk about would do anything. Not just for me, but for the other people who experience those crimes.”

When asked if his views changed after Monday night’s incident, Winfield said his position remains the same:

“Crime is not going to be reduced with a strategy that is wholly about locking up those who have committed a crime. Dealing with root causes isn’t an excuse or being soft but actually addressing why we have crime.”

State Sen. Gary Winfield (D)

Police have surveillance footage of the car the gunman was driving. No arrests have been made yet.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Haven Police Department at (203) 946-6304.