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Suspect Arrested, Facing Charges in Deadly Shooting of 10-Year-Old Queens Boy

A memorial sits outside Challenge Charter School in Far Rockaway, Queens, where Justin Wallace attended school. (Photo: Currents News, screenshot)

FAR ROCKAWAY — A suspect was arrested in the deadly shooting of 10-year-old Justin Wallace that occurred three days before the boy’s birthday.

Jovan Young, 29, was arrested on June 8 — what would have been Wallace’s 11th birthday. The NYPD charged Young with murder, attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. Police said Young turned himself in.

Video surveillance released by the NYPD shows a gunman firing numerous rounds directly at a house from the sidewalk on the night of June 5. The bullets struck Wallace and his 29-year-old cousin inside the Far Rockaway home of Wallace’s aunt. Wallace was pronounced dead a short time later at a nearby hospital. The 29-year-old is in recovery.

Wallace’s death comes amid rising concerns of gun violence as shootings are up over 68 percent this year across the city. So far, 602 incidents have led to 687 people either injured or killed, according to police.

During a press conference on June 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio called the situation “unacceptable” and called for federal and state help.

“It’s going to take so many efforts, so much work,” the mayor said. “But, it has to stop because this is not a way for us to live.”

Mayor de Blasio also tweeted on the morning of June 8, “If you shoot and kill in New York City, you will be caught. You will be arrested. You will be held accountable.”

Challenge Charter School, where Wallace attended school as a fifth-grader, plans to hold a memorial for Wallace following the school’s graduation scheduled for June 10.

Additional reporting by Emily Drooby, Currents News