Late in June of 2018, a 35-year-old father was shot and killed in his tent while he camped with his daughters in Malibu Creek State Park. Although his daughters were in the tent, they were unharmed. Now, prosecutors say the man who shot Tristan Beaudette was also responsible for shooting at numerous campers and drivers in the last few years. According to reports, 42-year-old Anthony Rauda has been charged with one count of murder, 10 counts of attempted murder, and five counts of second-degree burglary.
Rauda, according to the LA County Sheriff’s Department, does not have an address and was likely one of the many homeless people living in the area.
Investigators on the Beaudette case connected it with a handful of shootings in the same park dating back to 2016. CNN reports that Rauda is accused of shooting a man while he slept in a hammock in Malibu State Park in November of that year. A few days later, he allegedly fired a gun into “the sleeping area of a vehicle.” He’s also accused of three other vehicle shootings in 2017, although no one was harmed in those instances. Then, on June 18, 2018, four days before the murder of Beaudette, Rauda apparently fired at a Tesla in the area. The LA County Sheriff’s Department has charged Rauda with several burglaries as well.
Beaudette, who worked for a pharmaceutical company called Allergan, took his daughters camping on June 22 to give his wife some quiet time to study for an exam. He was “so comfortable in nature and as a parent,” Rabbi Arnie Rachlis of the University Synagogue in Irvine told CNN in June. “It was natural that he would take them on the trip.”
After the murder, his wife issued a heartbreaking statement: “Words cannot express the absolute devastation and sorrow we feel from the loss of someone so dear to our family. You were admired by so many for your devotion to your wife and two daughters. We are all so fortunate to have known you for your short time on Earth. You were taken from us far too early, doing something you loved with the girls you adored.”
Rauda will be arraigned on January 22.