Queens man involved in driveway fight that led to 10-year-old Justin Wallace death had gun cache: cops

Queens man involved in driveway fight that led to 10-year-old Justin Wallace death had gun cache: cops

One of the men involved in the Queens driveway dispute that led to the fatal shooting of 10-year-old Justin Wallace has been busted with a half-dozen firearms, cops said Friday.

Police executed a search warrant at Ashram Lochan’s home on Beach 45th Street in Far Rockaway — at the house next to where little Justin was fatally shot — and found the illicit cache Thursday night, authorities said.

Lochan had allegedly been arguing with Justin’s older nephew over the families’ shared driveway Saturday evening before another man fired into the Wallace relatives’ home, killing the fifth-grader with a single shot. Suspected shooter Jovan Young is currently being held without bail in Justin’s death.

“Excellent job by the 101 Precinct Detective Squad for successfully conducting a search warrant which led to the arrest of Astram Locham,” Chief Rodney Harrison tweeted Friday, misspelling his name.


Weapons seized from the home of Astram Locham.
Police shared a photo of the weapons seized from the home of Ashram Locham.

“Locham was charged for criminal possession of one 9mm handgun, one .380 handgun, one .410 revolver, and two flare guns.

“On June 5, Lochan was involved in a dispute from an ongoing parking issue that led to the shooting which killed 10-year-old Justin Wallace,” Harrison wrote in another tweet. “Justin is another innocent life lost to senseless gun violence.

“This is a great example of the hard work and dedication of #NYPD officers. We are constantly working to bring justice to the families of crime victims,” the cop added.

Lochan has four prior busts — all of which are sealed — including two arrests for criminal possession of a weapon in 2014 and 2015, sources said.

He was also arrested for criminal trespass in 2010 and criminal possession of marijuana in 2011, the sources added.


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