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10-year-old Queens boy shot dead by gunman in argument over shared driveway


Justin Wallace, a 10-year-old from Far Rockaway, Queens has been identified as the victim in Saturday’s shooting in the neighborhood. Police are still looking for a suspect in the killing 

A 10-year-old boy who was shot in the stomach and killed in an alleged argument with a neighbor in New York has been named by police.

Justin Wallace had earlier in the day enjoyed his first beach day with his family since the lockdown, but was gunned down that night by an unidentified shooter.

It was around 9:30 p.m. when police said he was killed on 342 Beach 45 Street in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens. 

His cousin, 29-year-old Kyle Forrester, was hit in the shoulder in the shooting, and is expected to survive.

The gunman remains at large and is being hunted by police.

Friends and family lamented the senseless killing, which is believed to have been sparked by a dispute over a driveway relatives of Wallace share with a next-door neighbor.   

‘Can you imagine that, man? Three days before his birthday,’ the boy’s father, Albert Wallace, who witnessed killing told the Daily News. ‘I don’t know how I’m going to deal with this …. For a driveway? You’re gonna kill my son over stupid things?’

Justin was going to turn 11 on Tuesday.

Video of the shooting released by police on Sunday begins with a dark-colored SUV that police believe is connected to the crime. 

Police are looking for this vehicle, but it’s unclear if the suspect drove it to the crime scene or if there was a getaway driver. 

Carleada Lee a classmate of Justin's recalled her friend's kindness. 'He never left me sad,' she said

Carleada Lee a classmate of Justin’s recalled her friend’s kindness. ‘He never left me sad,’ she said

The video cuts to a man sporting a gray camouflage jacket with a sliver of a white t-shirt poking out from underneath the jacket, black pants and black sneakers.

The video appears to cut again to a man running up to a black fence, sticks a gun through an opening and firing several times. 

Eight flashes of light come from the gun before the suspect runs out of the picture.  

The boy’s father recounted the day of the fateful day.

Wallace, 57, had taken his son to the nearby beach that afternoon along with a schoolmate.  

Albert Wallace, Justin's father, said his son was a people person. He is seen outside his home on Monday

Albert Wallace, Justin’s father, said his son was a people person. He is seen outside his home on Monday

Lee's family placed balloons outside of the home where Justin was shot

Lee’s family placed balloons outside of the home where Justin was shot

A sign written by Kaylah Lingerin, 11, a classmate of Justin's

A sign written by Kaylah Lingerin, 11, a classmate of Justin’s 

A friend scribbled 'Live long Justin' on a t-shirt placed at the location of the boy's death

A friend scribbled ‘Live long Justin’ on a t-shirt placed at the location of the boy’s death

‘I said “Listen, let’s go!” Because with the pandemic situation these kids don’t get out of the house. So that’s why I said, let me make it my point of duty to take him, because that’s where he wants to go,’ the father recalled. ‘They were all there, playing. One hour turned into four hours. I said, “You know what, you need this.” I said “OK, have fun, son.”‘

As day turned to night the father and son headed to a relatives’ barbecue, the Daily News reported, but as they were leaving Wallace said he was waylaid to the home’s basement to check on a home maintenance issue. 

‘That’s when I turned back with my son,’ Wallace said. ‘If I didn’t turn back, my son would be alive today.’ 

Justin was standing in the doorway when the gunman opened fire. Upon hearing the shots, Wallace rushed upstairs to see Forrester lying in a pool of blood. Beyond him, was his son.

Blood could still be seen on the stoop where Justin fell to the ground

Blood could still be seen on the stoop where Justin fell to the ground

Justin was standing in the doorway when the gunman opened fire, his father recounted

Justin was standing in the doorway when the gunman opened fire, his father recounted

The gunman fired eight shots through the door at a relative of Justin's home, where he had been attending a family barbecue that night

The gunman fired eight shots through the door at a relative of Justin’s home, where he had been attending a family barbecue that night 

‘I see my son laid down at the door, curled up,’ he said. ‘When I turn him over, I see this puddle of blood. And I’m saying, “No no no.” And at the time I heard a [sigh], so I don’t know, that could probably be the last breath he take, because he had internal bleeding.’ 

Police said the boy was rushed to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Carleada Lee, a classmate of Justin’s spoke out after the boy’s death. 

Police released video of the shooting. The suspect can be seen firing eight times into the doorway of the house, where Justin was standing.

Police released video of the shooting. The suspect can be seen firing eight times into the doorway of the house, where Justin was standing. 

Video of the shooting opens with a picture of this dark-colored SUV

Video of the shooting opens with a picture of this dark-colored SUV

The video cuts to a clip of this man walking up to the property

The video cuts to a clip of this man walking up to the property 

Suddenly the suspect runs up with this fence and sticks a gun through the opening, opening fire

Suddenly the suspect runs up with this fence and sticks a gun through the opening, opening fire

‘He never left me sad. He always had a smile, and he’s always had a good personality,’ she told the Daily Mail. ‘He was always friends with everybody.’

The girl said she had last spoken to him on the day of his death. 

He had texted her, ‘rawr I’m a dinosaur,’ she said. 

When she found out what had happened to him on Sunday, she said she started crying and ‘felt miserable.’

When asked what she thought of the person that killed her friend she was rendered speechless, but for Justin, she said, ‘I miss him and I hope he’s in a good place.’

Wallace too said his son was known for his kindness and jovial attitude, as well as his smarts, noting that his nickname was the ‘calculator for his love of math.  

‘My son is a people person,’ he said. ‘He don’t care if you’re white, Black, whatever it is. He’s there for you. He’s charming, he’s caring, he’s so intelligent.’

Wallace told the Daily News that he believed the shooter had been a next-door neighbor, whom his nephew had gotten into a fight with earlier in the night. Police sources told the outlet that they had ruled out that suspect but still believed the shooting was somehow related to the dispute over the shared driveway abnd its maintenance.  

A woman speaks with police at the scene of a fatal double-shooting near 342 Beach 45th St. in Queens

A woman speaks with police at the scene of a fatal double-shooting near 342 Beach 45th St. in Queens

An officer is seen burying his face into his hands while another appears to cover his mouth in horror outside of the scene where the boy was killed

An officer is seen burying his face into his hands while another appears to cover his mouth in horror outside of the scene where the boy was killed

Police gather at the scene where a 10-year-old boy was shot in his stomach and died and a 29-year-old man was injured after an alleged argument with a neighbor on Saturday night

Police gather at the scene where a 10-year-old boy was shot in his stomach and died and a 29-year-old man was injured after an alleged argument with a neighbor on Saturday night

An officer with the NYPD stands guard over evidence at the scene of a deadly shooting in New York City

An officer with the NYPD stands guard over evidence at the scene of a deadly shooting in New York City

An investigator looks at the ground where two markers appear to indicate bullet casings

An investigator looks at the ground where two markers appear to indicate bullet casings

NYPD data shows that gun violence and shooting victims continue to surge in New York City even as the number of murders fell from 13 in 2020 to 6 in 2021 for the week of May 24 to May 30. That marks a 52.8 percent drop year-over-year.

There have been 173 total murders this year so far as of May 30, with just 147 by the same date in 2020 – marking a 17.7% increase year-over-year.

The murder rate appears to have fallen some year-over-year for the week of May 24 to May 30 compared to earlier weeks in April and May.

NYPD data shows that for the week of May 5 to May 9, there were nine murders in New York City – compare to two in 2020, marking a 350% increase year-over-year.

By that time, there were a total of 146 murders in New York City in 2021 compared to 115 by the same date in 2020, then a 27% increase.

It was not immediately clear why the murder rates appear to be declining again even as the city continues to grip with the alarming spate of gun violence. 

The NYPD recorded 35 shooting victims for the May 24-30 recording period in 2021, up 45.8% from the 24 shooting victims for the same period in 2020. So far this year there have been a whopping number of 637 shooting victims by May 30, with just 360 by the same point last year – for an increase of 76.9%.

The number of shooting incidents were also up 43.5% in 2021 from 2020 for May 24 to May 30 recording period. There were 33 shooting incidents in 2021 compared to 23 shooting incidents in 2020 for that time frame.

There have been 564 shooting incidents so far this year compared to just 318 last year, for an increase of 77.4%.

The category of crimes that have seen the largest jump from 2020 to 2021 are hate crimes, which climbed 104.3% year-over-year by May 30. There have been 239 hate crimes in 2021 with 117 by the same date in 2020. There were 14 hate crimes recorded in the Big Apple for the week of May 24 to May 30.

A chart shows crime levels are significantly up in 2021 compared to 2020 for most crime categories, though burglaries are notably down

A chart shows crime levels are significantly up in 2021 compared to 2020 for most crime categories, though burglaries are notably down

A chart shows shooting shows statistics for shooting related crimes in New York City in 2021 compared to 2020

A chart shows shooting shows statistics for shooting related crimes in New York City in 2021 compared to 2020



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