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The NYPD announced the arrest of Joyan Young as a suspect in the murder of the boy Justin Wallace, who would have turned 11 on Tuesday, and leaving his cousin injured, in an apparent neighborhood dispute in Queens (NYC).
Wallace was shot as he was leaving his aunt’s house in Queens on Saturday in one of the latest tragedies caused by the gun violence that plagues the city.
Young, 29, was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, among other charges, police said last night. Supposedly opened fire in front of a house at 342 Beach 45th Street, Far Rockaway, on Saturday around 9:33 pm, hitting the boy Wallace in the abdomen and his 29-year-old cousin in the shoulder.
Emergency medical services took Wallace to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, but it was too late to save his life. Friends and family described the boy as a “wizard of mathematics” who loved to play with his dog. His unidentified cousin recovers from the bullet he received in the shoulder.
Surveillance video captured the gunman arriving at a house on Beach 45th Street in a dark van, before getting out and firing several bullets. Then he fled.
The father of the murdered boy, Albert Wallace, testified to New York Post Sunday what the shooting stemmed from a long-standing dispute between his relatives and neighbors over a shared driveway.
On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio denounced the murder and described the gunman as a “cowardly and horrible human being”, that he had not yet been arrested.
“The pain that Justin’s parents are feeling right now, no parent should go through that. No one should experience that, ”De Blasio said at his press conference Monday. “I myself will speak as a father (…) You are supposed to see your children live their lives, and leave this land before them,” he quoted Fox News.
The number of shootings in NYC increased 73% in May compared to the same month last year. Last week, the New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, again blamed the state bond reform in 2020 as part of the reason for the increase in crime. “This is crazy”, She complained.
At the same time, arrests have also dropped. According to experts, this raises fears of a more violent summer in NYC this 2021.
The tireless efforts of the @nypd101pct detectives has resulted in the apprehension of Javon Young who has been charged with the murder of 10-year-old Justin Wallace and the shooting of another victim. @NYPDTips @NYPDShea
– Chief James Vinegar (@NYPDDetectives) June 9, 2021
Jovan Young Arrested In Connection To Fatal Shooting Of 10-Year-Old Justin Wallace https://t.co/MFHMXX8fke
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) June 9, 2021
Justin Wallace, who would have turned 11 on Tuesday, was shot as he walked out of his aunt’s home on Saturday. A Queens man was charged with murder in his death. https://t.co/EmUHhiryzW
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 9, 2021
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.