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Woodside Father Allegedly Shoots Son Following a Heated Argument

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Aug. 27, 2013 By Christian Murray

A New York City Correction Officer was arrested in Woodside Sunday morning for shooting his teenage son, according to police.

The police said the incident took place around 4:30 a.m. at 39-21 57th Street, when Robert Smalls allegedly shot his 17-year-old son in the abdomen after an argument.

Details of the argument were not released. However, the Daily News reported that Smalls fought with his son after the teenager was caught shoplifting drill bits from a Long Island City store.

The teen, Quajuan Smalls, told the police he’d tried to punch his father twice during the argument, which is when the elder Smalls allegedly pulled out a pistol and fired a single shot, according to the criminal complaint.

The 17-year-old was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition, police said.

However, Robert Smalls claims the shooting was in self defense and that he mistook his son for an intruder.

The elder Smalls told police he was sleeping early Sunday when he thought he heard an intruder enter their home. He said he yelled out a couple of times: “Who is it?”

According to court papers, the father alleges that Quajuan approached him and reached into his pocket as if to pull out a weapon.

Smalls is facing charges of assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

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South Side Johnny

Since each comment that is posted gets a delay and this message: “Your comment is awaiting moderation,” how does a comment like the one above pass by the moderators and get approved for posting? That is some system!

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FEELBETTERSMALLS.. (Bryant)

teenagers get in trouble here and there but for all i know all these WHITE TRASH PEOPLE ON HERE NEED TO GET A LIFE AND STOP DISRESPECTING. ALL YOU OLD WHITE FOLKS DO IS TALK CRAP BECAUSE YOUR ABOUT TO DIE AND HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO. I HOPE IT GOES WELL FOR THAT FAMILY.. YET AGAIN YOU WHITE IGNORANT PEOPLE NEED TO QUIT YOUR MOANING ON EVER POST!!!!!!!!!!!!! AT LEAST SPILL YOUR NAME AND DONT WRITE IT ANONYMOUS IF YOUR NOT GOING TO WRITE SOMETHING NICE.. #shithappens

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house of O'shea

I can see the boy trying to knock him out. Why name your kid qhajuannaa?
If my parents named me quajuanntum I’d get on some serious PCP and whack em. 🙂

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RockyBalboarules

I just heard that the victim walked out of the hospital without “checking himself out” so he is considered missing. I hope he is ok. Family tragedies/conflicts are rough.

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rikki

why cant people just aim for the azz, or like the mafia shoot out your knee caps, why does everyone have to aim to kill?

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