Video: 1 dead, 11 hurt, suspect ID'd after car drives into crowd in Venice (update)

Car Into Beachgoers

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In this image take from a security camera, pedestrians scatter as a car drives through a packed afternoon crowd along the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. At least a dozen people were injured, two of them critically, according to police. (AP Photo/Snapchat)

Car Into Beachgoers

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Pedestrians gather as police and fire officials respond after a car drove through a packed afternoon crowd along the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. At least a dozen people were injured, two of them critically, according to police. (AP Photo/Maarten Smitskamp)

Car Into Beachgoers

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Police and fire officials respond at the scene where a car drove through a packed afternoon crowd along the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. At least a dozen people were injured, two of them critically, according to police. (AP Photo/Alex Thompson/Venice311.org)


Update 12:37 p.m.: LA Councilman proposes more barriers on boardwalk

L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin has told the L.A. Times he'll propose more concrete-and steel barriers at the points where streets intersect with the boardwalk. Bonin, who represents Venice among other neighborhoods, told the Times:

"Everybody down there last night -- LAPD, the LA [Fire Department] -- all agreed that it's something that needs to be done," said Bonin. "We want something temporary as quickly as possible. Something more permanent may take a little bit longer. I certainly want a plan in place within a couple weeks." 

Bonin also said confused drivers often enter the boardwalk thinking it's a street. He said he'll also call for an emergency alert system, including loudspeakers, to allow emergency workers to better inform the crowds. 

On his Facebook page, Bonin acknowledged that the site of Saturday's tragedy already did have barriers, though most access points don't:

...While most of the streets that run into Ocean Front Walk are unimpeded, the site of last night's horrible tragedy actually had four bollards blocking the street, but apparently the assailant sped right around them, over the sidewalk and into the crowd.

Bonin said he plans to bring up the proposed measures at the City Council's next meeting Tuesday.

Update 12:09 p.m.: Video of driver exiting and entering vehicle surfaces 

A video of the driver behind Saturday's rampage on the Venice boardwalk posted on LAObserved shows the driver parking, exiting, and then returning to his vehicle shortly before the attack that left one dead and 11 people injured. 

Shot from the Candle Cafe & Grill on Dudley Ave. at the boardwalk, the three minutes of condensed video shows a roughly seven minute stretch of time where the driver haltingly enters and exits his vehicle, finally speeding off onto the boardwalk.  

Another video from the Associated Press shows people diving out of the way as the car careens down the boardwalk, swerving to strike bikes along the way: 

Update 9:45 a.m.: 4 of 5 victims treated at UCLA released

UCLA Medical Center says it has released four of five victims that were treated at the center after Saturday's hit and run incident on the Venice boardwalk. The fifth remains in good condition, according to a press release from the center. 

The statement adds that three of the victims were female, two were male. Their ages range from 19 to 75. 

Update 8:06 a.m:  Suspect ID'd in Venice boardwalk rampage

Nathan Campbell, 38, has been book on suspicion of murder. He's being held on a $1 million bail, according to Rosario Herrera, a spokesperson for LAPD.

Campbell  turned himself in shortly after the incident at a station in Santa Monica, police spokesman Andrew Smith said. Campbell's vehicle is also in custody.

Campbell's car entered Ocean Front Walk at Dudley Ave and proceeded southbound on the boardwalk, hitting pedestrians in his way.  He exited the boardwalk at to Sunset Ave. 

“It appeared to be an intentional act," Smith said. 

There will be increased police presence at the boardwalk Sunday, though there's no indication that Saturday's incident was anything other than isolated act.

LAPD will be looking at area businesses to see if they have surveillance footage.  They will also process the car for more evidence

Smith said the police will not be releasing name of victim until the coroners office notifies their next of kin.

By Sunday, things had returned to normal at the boardwalk. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez said vendors and beach-goers were out along the beach. 

Crews were cleaning up blood from an area of the boardwalk Sunday morning, and vendors were talking about the rampage of the day before. 

Musical instrument vendor Juan del Rio (at right) said the car barely missed his stall as it swerved along the boardwalk, hitting those in its path.

"I saw bodies flying. And he was zig-zagging," said del Rio. "As he was approaching me I ran in behind that cement pole to protect myself. He came within inches of my table here."

Del Rio said thinks the incident will tarnish the area's reputation with tourists. 

Kirk Zamieroski — who is visiting from Washington D.C. — said he was strolling past the vendors and performers when he saw the car coming towards him.

 “We kind of just looked around after we managed to get out of the way," Zamieroski said. "People were on the ground and stuff. There was a woman standing right here who was like, she was out. It was pretty serious.”

Update 10:21 p.m. Saturday: 1 person is dead, a suspect is detained following Venice crash

A hit-and-run driver plowed into a crowd of pedestrians near the Venice Boardwalk on Saturday afternoon, killing one person and injuring 11 others, authorities told NBC4.

Detectives have detained a possible suspect and a vehicle of interest, Lt. Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department told NBC4.

The crash occurred about 6 p.m. near 1 Dudley Avenue.

Update 8:59 p.m.: Man who drove into Venice crowd still at large

A car drove into a crowd of people walking along the famed Venice Beach boardwalk early Saturday, injuring a dozen people before the driver fled the busy Los Angeles tourist site.

The driver and sedan had yet to be located more than two hours after the 6 p.m. crash, police Officer Jorge Torres told the Associated Press. Police were looking for a dark-colored Dodge Charger or Avenger. The driver was a man described as having sandy blond hair and estimated to be in his mid-20s, authorities said.

Multiple witnesses reported that the driver appeared to be "moving purposefully" and in control of the car as it plowed through the crowd, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Firefighters were surveying the sprawling crowd looking for injured, Humphrey said.

Twelve injured had been counted, with 10 of them hospitalized. Two were hurt seriously and two critically, Humphrey said. He had no details on the identities of the victims or their injuries.

The car was still moving as it drove out of sight of firefighters and the people who were hit.

The Venice boardwalk is a cultural hub in a part of Los Angeles known for its eccentricities. It is home to galleries, restaurants, tattoo shops, skateboard parks and the famous outdoor weight room known as Muscle Beach.

Jogger Daniel Regidor was a short distance from the crash when it happened and as he approached he saw "people screaming, running."

"When I came upon the scene, there were a bunch of people on the ground, bloodied," he told the Los Angeles Times. "Some looked pretty mangled, head injuries, just a lot of blood."

Previously: Authorities say at least a dozen people were injured, two of them critically, when a car drove into people walking along the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles.

City Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says multiple witnesses reported the driver appeared to be in control of the car as it drove into people at the popular stretch of galleries, restaurants and tattoo shops on a crowded Saturday afternoon.

Humphrey says firefighters are surveying a big crowd at the scene looking for anyone who was hurt.

He said 12 injured have been counted so far, two of them critically and two more seriously.

Humphrey says the car was still moving as it drove out of sight of firefighters, and it was not clear if the person had stopped.

Correction: An earlier version of this post had the incorrect first name for L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin. Also, initial reports of driving suspect Nathan Campbell's age said he was 35. Those reports were corrected by LAPD officials. Campbell is 38.

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