Man charged in California camper's death; 10 other shootings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An ex-convict has been charged with killing a father who was camping with his daughters in a Southern California park and trying to kill the girls and eight other campers and drivers since 2016, prosecutors said Monday.

Anthony Rauda, 42, was charged in Los Angeles County Superior Court with one count of murder, 10 counts of attempted murder and five counts of burglary in connection with a rash of shootings and break-ins near Malibu Creek State Park.

Rauda is accused of shooting Tristan Beaudette, 35, to death in the tent he shared with his young daughters on June 18 in the park. The girls, ages 2 and 4, were not injured but are considered victims of attempted murder and listed in a criminal complaint as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2.

The popular campground and park 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of downtown Los Angeles was closed temporarily after the killing. Much of the park, which has served as a filming location for movies and TV shows such as "M.A.S.H.," was charred in recent wildfires.

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FILE - This July 1, 2018 file photo shows Malibu Creek State Park near Calabasas, Calif. The arraignment of a parolee charged with killing a man camping with his daughters at a Southern California state park in June and shooting at 10 people over the past two years has been postponed. Prosecutors said Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, that arraignment for Anthony Rauda was continued until Jan. 22 in Los Angeles County Superior Court.(AP Photo/John Antczak,File)
Visitors walk along Malibu Creek at the Malibu Creek State Park Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Calabasas, Calif. Investigators will use ballistic testing to determine if a rifle carried by a burglary suspect was used in the killing of a camper at the California wilderness park. Authorities say 42-year-old Anthony Rauda had the gun and was dressed in black when he was arrested Wednesday after a search of a rugged canyon area near Malibu. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Signs indicate a road closure at the Malibu Creek State Park Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Calabasas, Calif. Investigators will use ballistic testing to determine if a rifle carried by a burglary suspect was used in the killing of a camper at the California wilderness park. Authorities say 42-year-old Anthony Rauda had the gun and was dressed in black when he was arrested Wednesday after a search of a rugged canyon area near Malibu. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Visitors cross a bridge over Malibu Creek At the Malibu Creek State Park Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Calabasas, Calif. Investigators will use ballistic testing to determine if a rifle carried by a burglary suspect was used in the killing of a camper at the California wilderness park. Authorities say 42-year-old Anthony Rauda had the gun and was dressed in black when he was arrested Wednesday after a search of a rugged canyon area near Malibu. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo a sign is seen at the entrance to the Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas, Calif. The arraignment of a parolee charged with killing a man camping with his daughters at a Southern California state park in June and shooting at 10 people over the past two years has been postponed. Prosecutors said Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, that arraignment for Anthony Rauda was continued until Jan. 22 in Los Angeles County Superior Court. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez,File)
In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, photo, scorched trees and foliage stand on rain-soaked, burned-over terrain near Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas, Calif., following the Woolsey Fire. In Southern California, more residents were allowed to return to areas that were evacuated due to the 151-square-mile (391-square-kilometer) Woolsey Fire as crews worked to repair power, telephone and gas utilities. A storm on Thanksgiving Day passed without causing significant mudslides, but forecasters said more rain was possible next week. (AP Photo/John Antczak)
FILE - This May 5, 2013 file photo shows Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains near Calabasas, Calif. Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of a camper at the popular California wilderness park last week will look for links to seven past shootings in the area dating back to 2016, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Friday, June 29, 2018. A department statement said there was no evidence to suggest previous shootings were related to the June 22, 2018 killing, but they will be explored because the motive for the homicide remained unknown. (AP Photo/John Antczak, File)
This July 1, 2018 photo shows Malibu Creek State Park near Calabasas, Calif. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of a man who was struck in the head by a bullet while camping in the park with his two young daughters on June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/John Antczak)
This July 1, 2018 photo shows Malibu Creek State Park near Calabasas, Calif. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of a man who was struck in the head by a bullet while camping in the park with his two young daughters on June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/John Antczak)
In this July 1, 2018 photo a sign directs motorists to Malibu Creek State Park near Calabasas, Calif. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of a man who was struck in the head by a bullet while camping in the park with his two young daughters on June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/John Antczak)
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Fear spread when authorities acknowledged after the slaying that several shootings had occurred in the area and other victims came forward to report they had been shot at.

Rauda was arrested in October after sheriff's deputies spotted him on a ridgetop dressed in black and carrying a rifle in his backpack. They had been searching on foot and by helicopter for an armed burglar who had broken into businesses and homes and stolen food.

Rauda was sent back to jail last month on a probation violation on gun and ammunition charges.

But the investigation remained open as authorities looked into whether he was connected to the mysterious shootings. They date to November 2016, when a wildlife biologist was struck in the arm while sleeping in a hammock near the park.

Rauda is now charged in the hammock shooting that wounded James Rogers and in opening fire days later on someone sleeping in a car. He is accused of shooting at three other cars in 2017.

Four days before Beaudette was killed, Rauda shot at a Tesla near the park, prosecutors said.

He was brought into court in a wheelchair Monday, but his arraignment was postponed until Jan. 22. At a previous court appearance, he wore a mesh hood to prevent him from spitting or biting.

A public defender representing Rauda didn't immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment.

If convicted, Rauda faces up to life in prison.

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