Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Man Shot Dead While Camping With Daughters

Tristan Beaudette is seen in an image posted to GoFundMe Tristan Beaudette is seen in an image posted to GoFundMe
Deanna Wagner | 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.

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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.