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Man booked in deadly Venice Beach boardwalk hit-and-run

A security camera captures pedestrians scattering for safety after a vehicle plows into a crowd on the Venice Beach boardwalk on Saturday, August 3, 2013.
A security camera captures pedestrians scattering for safety after a vehicle plows into a crowd on the Venice Beach boardwalk on Saturday, August 3, 2013.The Guardian

Police officials on Sunday booked a 38-year-old man accused of driving his car onto a crowded Venice Beach boardwalk, killing a 32-year-old Italian tourist and injuring others.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Nathan Louis Campbell was booked on suspicion of murder in connection with Alice Gruppioni's death Saturday evening after the vehicle in which he was driving plowed into pedestrians, injuring 11 other victims ranging in age from 19 to 75.

Campbell's bond has been set at $1 million.

Campbell surrendered to Santa Monica authorities roughly an hour after the incident occurred and was transferred to the Los Angeles Police Department, where the suspect was interrogated throughout the night, reported CBS2's Joy Benedict.

Witnesses said the driver involved in the Venice Beach boardwalk hit-and-run seemed to be in control of the vehicle and appeared to be “deliberately” targeting people at random.

“This guy had an intent to create mayhem and massacre a lot of people,” Dave Blackburn, a witness, told the news reporting entity. Another witness, identified as Elizabeth Adams, described the accident as “horrific” and said, “people [were] flying everywhere. It looked like something out of a movie.”

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