Off-duty MTA cop accidentally shoots 3-year-old son in Smithtown

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Kristin Thorne reports from Smithtown with the update on the child. (WABC)

A child is recovering after being accidentally shot by his father, an off-duty MTA officer, at their home in Smithtown.

Suffolk County Police responded to a 911 call for a possible gunshot around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

When they arrived, they found a 3-year-old boy who had been shot inside 303 Devon Lane.

Eyewitness News spoke with someone who identified herself as the grandmother at the house. She appeared flustered. She told Eyewitness News the little boy is fine and it was all an accident.

The off-duty Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officer has been identified through our sources as Jon Gigantiello.

Police say the gun went off when the officer was unloading the weapon.

The father was injured as well. He's also expected to be OK.

Eyewitness News was told by neighbors that the family is very close and Gigantiello and the boy are often seen playing together and are apparently inseparable.

Sal Arena, a spokesman for the MTA, said in a statement to Eyewitness News:
"We are aware of the shooting incident involving the off-duty MTA police officer which is being investigated by the Suffolk County Police Department. The MTA PD Internal Affairs Bureau will investigate once the Suffolk PD completes its investigation.

They father and son were both taken to Stony Brook University Hospital and listed in stable condition.

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