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Who needs a gun to go on a rampage? A car will do the trick ...

Suspect in Crash on California Boardwalk Is Arrested
Published: August 4, 2013

The Los Angeles police have arrested a man accused of ramming his car through a crowd of people on the Boardwalk of Venice Beach on Saturday, killing one person and injuring at least a dozen others.

Maarten Smitskamp, via Associated Press

Pedestrians gathered after a vehicle drove into a crowd at the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles.

The suspect, Nathan Campbell of Los Angeles, turned himself in to the police on Saturday night after leaving the scene of the crash, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, Cmdr. Andrew J. Smith, said Sunday. Mr. Campbell, 38, was booked for murder and is being held on $1 million bail, he said.

Mr. Campbell’s motive was not yet known, but Commander Smith said it appeared that he had acted deliberately.

“This wasn’t somebody who was lost and was trying to turn onto the freeway,” he said. “It looks like an intentional act.”

The Venice Beach Boardwalk is typically packed with tourists, and local artists set up tables and kiosks there to sell their works. Surveillance video showed Mr. Campbell’s black sedan slamming into a crowd of beachgoers, sending bodies and debris flying.

The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner identified the woman who died as Alice Gruppioni, 32, of Italy.

Ms. Gruppioni’s husband told the police that he and his wife were newlyweds who were visiting Los Angeles on their honeymoon, said Sgt. Dan Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Police Department, who was one of the first to respond on Saturday.

Twelve others were hospitalized, two in critical condition, the police said.

Ian Lovett contributed reporting.

I wonder if it will comeout that this guy had long-standing, unaddressed mental health issues.


Asked by Ballad at 1:45 AM on Aug. 7, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I read the story about the newlyweds the other day. How awful. :( I hope knowing why he did it helps those affected by it. But I still can't help but wonder, how to you make complete sense of something so senseless?

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 7:29 AM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • Ban the cars! They're dangerous weapons but in reality we've known that for several years. After all how many people have died from drunk driving, road rage, etc and they're still out there just as dangerous as ever.

    Answer by baconbits at 10:42 AM on Aug. 7, 2013


    "I wonder if it will comeout that this guy had long-standing, unaddressed mental health issues."

    Ya his mom probablt beat him with the steering wheel, and when he saw his steering wheel it triggered a PTSD response that caused him to violently jerk it and kill people. 



    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 2:18 AM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • Crazy right. Guess we gotta ban cars now too.

    Answer by maecntpntz219 at 10:00 AM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • How sad. Yes, every car is like driving a loaded weapon.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:18 AM on Aug. 7, 2013