An apparently senseless killing in a California wilderness park may help authorities to understand seven other strange incidents, CNN reports. Detectives say they have no motive in the murder of Tristan Beaudette, 35, a scientist who was shot in a tent beside his 2- and 4-year old daughters on June 22 in Malibu Creek State Park—but they're investigating possible links to seven other shootings in the park going back to November 2016. In one incident, a woman says she was camping in January 2017 with her boyfriend when a loud noise startled her late at night; she found a bullet hole in her car, which authorities later removed and examined, KABC reports.
In another, a person was shot but said nothing to sheriff's deputies for nearly two days, per CBS News. "There were a number of incidents but they were over an extended period of time," says McDonnell. "The pattern at this point certainly is not clear, if there is one at all." There was also a second park shooting around the very hour Beaudette was killed. The park itself extends through 12 square miles of Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles and is known for biking, hiking, camping, and rock climbing. The rugged terrain has also been used in Hollywood movies and television shows, including "MASH." (Read more shooting stories.)