Tristan Beaudette is seen in an image posted to GoFundMe
25 June, 2018, 23:15
The fatal shooting of a man at a campground in Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas has lead to the closure of at least 60 state-owned campsites in the park Saturday as sheriff's detectives search for whoever shot him.
"We are working this as a homicide at this point", Moore said.
The popular camping and hiking site, which served as backdrop for "M*A*S*H*", encompasses 8,000 acres and extends across the Santa Monica Mountains, according to the park's website.
He said the children were not hurt in the shooting.
A motive for the shooting is not known and authorities have said little about the investigation or a possible suspect.
"On behalf of Tristan's wife Erica, we are heartbroken to share the news that Tristan is no longer with us", a statement on Beaudette's GoFundMe page reads.
Lt. Rodney Moore told the Los Angeles Times that police believe Beaudette was shot in the tent while the children were present. The L.A. County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner described the victim as a man in his 30s, after sheriff's officials previously said he was in his 20s. In a statement, the police department said his daughters were not injured.
KCAL reported Beaudette worked for a pharmaceutical company and had a PhD in chemistry from the University of California Berkeley. In another, he and his family are settled on the beach in the process of roasting s'mores; Beaudette has one arm around his wife's camp chair, the other around his older daughter, who is seated in a miniature purple-and-teal camp chair for kids.
A GoFundMe page set up by Beaudette's family members expressed horror at "the senselessness of this crime".
In less than two days, the GoFundMe account has raised more than $80,000.
The incident occurred at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas, California, about 50 kilometres northwest of Los Angeles.