Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Black Lives Matter have been quiet after the shooting death of a young boy in Queens. On Saturday, the New York City borough came to a halt after Justin Wallace, 10, was tragically murdered by a gunman who opened fire at his aunt’s home in Far Rockaway at about 9:30 p.m., police and the New York Post reported.
One of the gunman's shots struck Wallace in the chest, mortally wounding the child who passed away from his wounds at an area hospital. Police are reportedly looking into a neighbor conflict over a driveway as a possible motive.
Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., whose district includes much of Queens, published a Twitter post on Monday – two days after the shooting – stating that he would be meeting with Wallace's family.
"Justin Wallace was a [10 year] old from the Rockaways who was taken from his family entirely too soon from gun violence," Meeks wrote. "I'll be meeting with his family to share my deepest condolences."
"Taking action is an imperative, and I implore my colleagues on the local level to evaluate how we can curb such violence in our communities, and I will continue to push for meaningful gun reforms on the federal level," he continued in a follow-up post.
Meeks did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding when he will be meeting Wallace's family.
Ocasio-Cortez, whose district covers parts of Queens, has been quiet since the incident. She has not posted on social media nor did she answer many requests for comment.
Black Lives Matter has further been quiet on Wallace's death. Black Lives Matter likewise did not respond to requests for comment on the child's death.
Wallace, a sixth-grader, was three days away from his 11th birthday before he was killed by the gunman, who is still at-large. The math-loving student was one of four people killed in 16 shootings across New York City this weekend.
His father, Albert Wallace, 57, was in the basement of the home when he heard gunshots ring out.
When he investigated where the shots came from, he spotted his son lying in a pool of blood, unmoving and unresponsive.
"I said, ‘Why is my son laying right here?’" he told the Post. "And when I saw the pile of blood, I said ‘Justin, Justin, are you OK, son? You’re not responding, You’re not responding.'"
NYPD published the video of the shooting to the public, asking anyone with information on the perpetrator to reach out to authorities.