Back in June, 35-year-old Tristan Beaudette was camping with his young daughters when he was fatally shot by a deranged gunman. The shooter struck him once in the head while he was in the tent with his two-year-old and four-year-old. Investigators looking into the situation discovered that there had been several other reports of shootings in the Malibu Creek State Park area. At least ten others had been shot at over the past two years. While detectives combed through the park for clues, the campgrounds were temporarily shut down.
Now, police have finally identified the suspect in the string of park shootings. The suspect, 42-year-old Anthony Rauda, was already in custody for burglary when police realized he was the shooter. He is now being charged with one count of murder, ten counts of attempted murder and five counts of burglary.
Detectives determined that the string of attacks began back in November of 2016. Rauda’s first victim was reportedly sleeping in the Malibu State Park area in a hammock when he was shot at. Prosecutors believe that Rauda stuck again less than a week later by shooting into a vehicle where another victim was sleeping. The motive behind these bizarre shooting incidents has remained unclear to detectives.
He was also implicated in a series of burglaries in multiple areas including the Calabasas Community Center, Spectrum Development and the Las Virgenes Water District. When authorities finally caught up with Rauda, he was carrying around a rifle. If he is convicted on all his charges, then he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.