Dog listed in stable condition after Astoria shooting

By Bill Parry

Only the family dog survived a spate of violence at a home in Astoria Saturday.

Police responding to a 911 call from a residence on 38th Street, shot and killed an elderly man who came to the door carrying a shotgun, the NYPD said.

Authorities were called to the home of 86-year-old Jack Calvello and his daughter, 65-year-old Carolann Matyka, to respond to a domestic dispute around 11 a.m., police said.

When ordered to drop the weapon, Calvello allegedly refused and then pointed it at an NYPD officer and sergeant, the NYPD said. The officer then shot Calvello in the chest, police said.

Calvello was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital Queens, where he was pronounced dead, according to cops. In a search of the home between 31st Avenue and Broadway, police found Matyka, who had been shot in the head, a spokesman for the NYPD said.

Matyka was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead at around 3:45 p.m., the NYPD said.

A dog named Jack, a 6-year-old male Yorkshire Terrier, was found shot in the neck and was brought to the ASPCA Animal Hospital, where he is still being treated for traumatic wounds to his neck.

His condition has been upgraded to stable, according to the ASPCA.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4538.

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