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California survivalist arrested in deadly shooting of scientist camping with daughters

Tristan Beaudette, 35, was fatally shot in front of his two young daughters, while on a camping trip in Southern California.
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A transient turned survivalist now behind bars for a string of burglaries in Malibu Creek State Park, was charged Monday with the murder of a man fatally shot at a summer camp in front of his two young daughters, according to a report on Monday.

Anthony Rauda, 42, was accused of killing the 35-year-old Tristan Beaudette who was shot when he and his daughters slept in a tent last June, KTLA-TV reported.

Los Angeles County prosecutors also charged Rauda with ten counts of attempted murder in connection with the other units in the area and five burglaries.

The prosecutors said Rauda, who was arrested in October last year, was the gunman who terrorized campers and motorists with gunfire incidents dates back to November 2016.

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Beaudette, the two daughters were not hurt in the June 25 shooting.

The prosecutors believe Rauda shot and wounded a man who was sleeping in a hammock in the Malibu State Park in November 2016, the station reported. Less than a week later, he is alleged to have fired into a vehicle. He also allegedly fired on three different vehicles on different occasions in 2017, and the chance to win a Tesla on Las Virgenes Road in June 2018.

Rauda was dressed in black and carrying a gun when he was arrested in October near where Beaudette, a pharmaceutical scientist, was killed.

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The arrest came after a search prompted by a series of burglaries in a period of two years in the Calabasas-Malibu area in which food was stolen from the local buildings. Rauda has a long criminal history.

Beaudette, 35, took his daughters, ages 2 and 4, what was supposed to be a final camping trip in Los Angeles before the family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, his family said. His wife turned down the trip because they are preparing for an exam.

“Tristan was out doing something he adored in life in the outdoors with his two young girls,” a GoFundMe page for the Beaudette family said. “And then it was all taken away, by a fatal gun shot in the middle of the night, in front of his two young daughters. Not a second goes by that we are not wrestling with the senselessness of this crime.”

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The park stretches over more than 12 square miles in the rugged Santa Monica Mountains west of Los Angeles. It offers camping, hiking, biking, rock climbing, and a look at the locations used in the filming of Hollywood movies and TV shows, such as “MASH.”

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