Roosevelt Gunman Charged in Fatal Carjacking Try

An ex-convict has been indicted for allegedly shooting and killing a 26-year-old man in an attempted carjacking in the victim’s hometown of Hempstead six months ago, Nassau County prosecutors said.

Tayquan Clark was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

Prosecutors said the 22-year-old Roosevelt man gunned down Shawn Boone during a failed attempt to steal the victim’s late-model BMW on Princeton Street in the early morning hours of July 5. The victim was later found dead of a gunshot wound.

Clark was arrested July 26 for criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly pointing a handgun at a person at a gathering in Hempstead. Clark fled the scene and threw the gun in bushes, but Hempstead village police officers quickly apprehended him and recovered the weapon, authorities said.

Investigator used ballistics and other evidence to link the gun, a Smith & Wesson snub-nose revolver that was reported stolen in 1971, to the murder of Boone, prosecutors said.

Clark, who was paroled in May following his conviction for stabbing a Garden City carjacking victim two years ago, records show, had not made bail from Nassau County jail on the initial gun charge when he was arraigned on the new murder charges.

Judge David Sullivan ordered Clark held without bail. He faces up to life in prison, if convicted. He is due back in court Jan. 15.