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Correction officer from Queens arrested after shooting son

Monday, August 26, 2013

A teenager in Queens is in the hospital Monday, suffering from a gunshot wound. And the person accused of firing the shot is his own father, a correction officer at Rikers Island.

Police say 17-year-old Quasaun Smalls was shot in the torso and was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

There are conflicting stories of what led to the shooting. The boy's father, 39-year-old Robert Smalls, told investigators that he thought someone was breaking into the family's apartment, and that is why he used a semi-automatic handgun to fire off shots.

But Quasaun told police a different story - that the two had been arguing, and that is why his dad shot him.

The incident happened on 57th Street in Woodside around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Robert Smalls has been charged with felony assault and criminal possesion of a weapon.

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