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Malibu Creek State Park Prior Shootings Investigated for Link

Malibu Creek State Park Prior Shootings Investigated for Link

Old "MASH" set sign on display at Malibu Creek State Park in Southern California. (Trekandshoot/Dreamstime)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 June 2018 10:53 AM

Malibu Creek State Park has been the scene of several prior shootings, and officials are investigating whether they are linked to the weekend's most recent murder.

The campground has been closed following the death of Tristan Beaudette, a 35-year-old dad who was camping with his two young kids in California when he was shot to death by an unknown assailant who is still at large.

The murder remains a mystery as police piece together information. Investigations include at least two other previous shooting incidents.

On Nov. 3, 2016, a wildlife biologist hiking one of the trails was hit by bird shot from a shotgun and had to undergo surgery to have the pellets removed, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"I heard a loud bang and then felt a burning sensation in my arm and fell to the ground," said James Rogers.

"Before I could look at my wound I did a quick check of the perimeter and I saw nothing," he continued, adding that he feared the shooter had refined his or her skills and may be responsible for the weekend's shooting.

Beaudette had taken his two daughters, ages 2 and 4, camping for the weekend when he was shot by an unidentified gunman in the upper torso just before 5 a.m. on Friday.

Officials believe he was shot inside his tent and that his two daughters, although unharmed, were also inside the tent when the incident occurred.

The time frame coincides with another incident that took place at Malibu Creek State Park last year.

Meliss Tatangelo was camping with her boyfriend last January and reported hearing loud noises that sounded like gun shots being fired at around 5 a.m.

She explained on Facebook that it was raining that night and that she and her boyfriend set up a bed in her car and fell asleep.

The loud noise woke both of them up and after investigating once the sun had come up, they found a bullet in the back of the car.

"Turns out it was a shotgun fired from maybe 20 feet away, if not closer," Tatangelo said on Facebook. "If the bullet was fired even an inch higher, it would have hit me."

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore said that investigators were combing the campgrounds for evidence and reviewing other shootings in the area but noted that there was no current evidence to link the incidents with Beaudette's murder, the Los Angeles Times noted.

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