Jovan Young, 29, of Queens, New York City, New York, United States has been arrested by the New York City Police Department. He was charged with murder and attempted murder.
On June 5, 2021, Albert Wallace, 57, of Queens brought his son Justin Wallace, 10, to Rockaway Beach, Queens, where the boy and a classmate spent the afternoon and enjoyed the outdoors after the long new coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. Justin was finishing fifth grade at Challenge Preparatory Charter School in Far Rockaway, Queens.
Later that day, Albert and Justin went to the house of Albert’s sister, which is also in Queens, for a barbecue. Just before 9:30 p.m., Young was caught on camera firing eight rounds through the front door of the house.
Justin and his cousin Kyle Forrester, 29, were shot. After the shooting, Young drove off in a dark blue sport utility vehicle while Justin was rushed to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway where he was pronounced dead.
Earlier that day, Forrester had a dispute with neighbors over the use and maintenance of a shared driveway, according to the NYPD. He was shot in the shoulder and is currently recovering at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens.
“I think he was there at the wrong time,” Young’s former girlfriend said of him in an interview with Eyewitness News. “He was there to comfort his friend and didn’t know all that was going to happen. I don’t believe he was the one who was pulling the trigger shooting.”
NYPD officers arrested Young on June 8, 2021. Justin would have turned 11 that day.
“I was going to make calls to the children for the party,” the New York Times quoted Justin’s mother Aretha Douglas Wallace, 40, as saying. “Justin was going to give me a list and I was going to call everyone.”
Calculator was the nickname Albert gave to Justin because the boy loved math. The father, who works as a hospital transporter, told the New York Daily News that his son was a people person.
“He don’t care if you’re white, black, whatever it is,” Albert said of Justin. “He’s there for you. He’s charming. He’s caring. He’s so intelligent.”
Young was processed out of the 101st precinct of the NYPD. On June 9, 2021, he was arraigned and held without bail.