By Matthew Robare
Shawn Clark, 39, a Saugus resident who owned Patriot Skateboards on Main Street in Malden, was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon at about 12:45 p.m. Patriot Skateboard was formerly located at 57 Jackson Street in Saugus.
According to news reports, Clark was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who had served honorably in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to a press release issued by the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, Clark was taken to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No one has been charged or arrested in connection with the murder—police are asking people with information to contact them at 781-397-7171 (Malden police) or 781-897-6600 (Massachusetts state police).
Stephen Castinetti, the vice chairman of the Saugus Board of Selectmen, remembered Clark as “a wonderful guy.” Castinetti said that Clark was a customer of his for several years.
Other news reports said that Clark was an advocate for a skate park in Saugus and testified to the Board of Selectmen in 2011. Clark was survived by his wife, Melissa, and their children.
By 6:00 p.m. Wednesday close to 60 people had expressed their condolences on Patriot Skateboard’s Facebook wall.
“My heartfelt sympathies are with the family of the victim,” said Malden Mayor Gary Christenson in a statement released on Tuesday. “State and local police along with the Middlesex District Attorney’s office are working diligently to investigate the circumstances. We are going to continue to provide our police department with the resources they need to address criminal activity. With the addition of nine new officers, continued investments in surveillance camera technology, and our transition to a new police chief, we will intensify our efforts in crime prevention.”