One person was killed and eleven were injured after a man purposely mowed down a crowded boardwalk in Venice Beach.
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A driver plowed into a crowd walking along one of the most popular beach boardwalks in Southern California Saturday evening, killing one person, injuring 11 others and leaving behind a chaotic scene strewn with bleeding victims, officials and witnesses said.
The victim died at a hospital a few hours after the crash at the Venice Beach boardwalk, Los Angeles police Lt. Andy Neiman said.
At about the same time a person was taken into custody for questioning and a car was impounded in neighboring Santa Monica, and detectives were determining if both were the ones they’d been seeking, Neiman said.
Neiman would give no details on the identity of the victim or the person of interest.
The sandy-haired man drove the powerful midsized Dodge Avenger into vendors and tourists as they walked along the paved pedestrian walkway of the storied boardwalk. Police and witnesses said bloodied victims and knocked over mannequins and lawn chairs were left in the wake.
Witnesses told firefighters it appeared the man was in control of his car as he ran people down, but police said they did not know his motives.
“If this was an intentional act that certainly raises the stakes quite a bit,” Neiman said.
Here’s video of the crash from security cameras.
UPDATE: Police just named the suspect – Nathan Louis Campbell.