Venice Beach Rampage Kills 1, Injures 11; Victim Was Italian Woman Who Was On Her Honeymoon To Los Angeles

  @Keemohan on August 05 2013 6:52 AM
A surfer walks out of the ocean as the sun sets on New Year's Eve on Venice Beach in Los Angeles
Venice Beach may lose $440 million in tourism revenue by 2100, a new study says. Reuters

A rampage on the Venice Beach boardwalk, west of Los Angeles, resulted in the death of one, and injured 11 others, on Saturday, when a man drove a car into crowds gathered at the packed beach town, CNN reported.

The victim has been identified as Alice Gruppioni, 32, an Italian tourist who was on her honeymoon. Among the 11 injured, one person is said to be critical and two others are in serious condition.

The suspect -- 38-year-old Nathan Campbell -- turned himself over to police just a few hours after the incident, and he remained jailed Sunday on $1 million bail. The motivation for the incident, which occurred at 6 p.m. local time (3 p.m. EDT) on Saturday, is still unclear, police officials said during a news conference on Sunday, CNN reported.

"There no indication that he knew anybody that he hit," Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andy Smith said, according to CNN. "It looks like this guy wanted to run over a bunch of people. One guy bent on doing evil."

Surveillance cameras show that Campbell walked on the boardwalk twice before he got into his car and accelerated into the pedestrian-only area.

Eyewitnesses recounted scenes of terror, saying Campbell was intentionally trying to kill people.

“The boardwalk was packed with people, and he sped up and purposefully -- it looked like purposefully -- was just swerving back and forth to run over as many people as he could," witness Laura Blackburn told CNN affiliate KABC.

Louisa Hodge, another eyewitness, was quoted by the Guardian as saying that people were “stumbling around, blood dripping down their legs, looking confused not knowing what had happened, people screaming.”

“Blocks and blocks of people just strewn across the sidewalk” after the rampage, she added.

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