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Suspect arrested and charged with murder of Queens boy shot after ‘argument over a shared driveway’ 


A man has been arrested over the fatal shooting of a 10-year-old boy in Queens.

Justin Wallace was standing in the doorway of a relative’s house on Saturday when he was shot in the stomach over an alleged argument about a shared driveway.

On Tuesday, Jovan Young, 29, was arrested and charged with murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, the NYPD said.

The arrest came on what would have been Justin’s eleventh birthday. 

Cops have recovered a gun tied to the individual, who is awaiting arraignment,’ The New York Post reporting, citing law enforcement sources. 

Pictures from late on Tuesday showed a handcuffed Young being led from the 101 Precinct command by officers.

Young is accused of shooting Justin and his 29-year-old cousin Kyle Forrester, who was hit in the shoulder and is expected to survive.

The shooting occurred at around 9:30 p.m. at 342 Beach 45 Street in the Edgemere neighborhood of Queens.

Jovan Young (center) has been arrested over the fatal shooting of  10-year-old Justin Wallace in Queens

Young, 29, was arrested and charged with murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, the NYPD said

Young, 29, was arrested and charged with murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, the NYPD said

Pictures from late on Tuesday showed a handcuffed Young (center) being led from the 101 Precinct command by officers

Pictures from late on Tuesday showed a handcuffed Young (center) being led from the 101 Precinct command by officers

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

‘Can you imagine that, man? Three days before his birthday,’ Justin’s father, Albert Wallace, who witnessed the killing, told the New York 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?’ 

Speaking before Young’s arrest, Albert told the outlet that he believed the shooter had been a next-door neighbor, whom his nephew had gotten into a fight with earlier in the night. 

Justin Wallace was standing in the doorway of a relative's house on Saturday when he was shot in the stomach over an alleged argument about a shared driveway

Justin Wallace was standing in the doorway of a relative’s house on Saturday when he was shot in the stomach over an alleged argument about a shared driveway 

However police sources said that they had ruled out that suspect but still believed the shooting was somehow related to the dispute over the shared driveway and its maintenance. 

Police released chilling footage of the shooting, which begins with a dark-colored SUV that investigators said at the time was believed to be connected to the crime. 

It is unclear if or how the vehicle may be linked to Young.

The footage cuts to a man in a gray camouflage jacket with a sliver of a white t-shirt poking out from underneath. He is also wearing black pants and black sneakers.

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

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

Speaking before news of Young’s arrest broke, Justin’s father Albert, 57, recalled the events of Saturday, which began with a celebratory trip to the beach with his son and a schoolmate. 

The trip was the family’s first beach outing since lockdown. 

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

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

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

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

‘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,’ Albert 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.”‘

After the beach, Albert and Justin headed to a relatives’ barbecue, the Daily News reported, but Albert said he was waylaid to the home’s basement to check on a maintenance issue as they were leaving. 

‘That’s when I turned back with my son,’ he 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, Albert rushed upstairs to see Forrester lying in a pool of blood. Beyond him was Justin.

‘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 Justin was rushed to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

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

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

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

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

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

Carleada Lee, a classmate of Justin’s, was among those who have laid flowers and other mementos outside the home where he died. 

‘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.’

Lee said she had last spoken to Justin on the day of his death. 

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

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

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

Albert 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.’ 

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

Blood could still be seen on Monday splattered across 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

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

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 – compared 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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