The driver of a car that slammed into a group of pedestrians on the Venice Beach, Calif., boardwalk, killing one woman on her honeymoon and injuring 11 others, "was looking for blood," witnesses said."That guy's intention was to kill people," Landon Blackburn told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV.
The Venice Beach Boardwalk was packed with pedestrians enjoying the fun atmosphere and ocean views at around 6 p.m. Saturday when a man behind the wheel of a Dodge Avenger sped down the boardwalk, swerving and ramming his car into the tightly packed crowds.
"He just drove and took that left turn down the center of the boardwalk and just started driving," Dave Blackburn told KABC-TV. "Bodies were flying in the air and people were screaming. It was absolute mayhem."
The suspect, whom police have identified as Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, was booked for investigation of murder and is being held on $1 million bail, according to KABC-TV. Campbell turned himself in two hours after the incident occurred, police said. If he did intentionally drive into the crowds, his motive is still unknown, police said.
The incident was caught on surveillance footage captured by cameras at photo-sharing app Snapchat's Venice Beach offices.
Campbell left a path of destruction in his wake as he smashed into gift stands and scattered clothes across the walkway. He plowed into 12 people on the boardwalk before fleeing the scene.
"The boardwalk was packed with people and he sped up and purposely -- it looked like purposely -- was just swerving back and forth to run over as many people as he could," Elizabeth Adams told KABC-TV.
Alice Gruppioni, 32, of Italy, died in the hospital following the collision, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said. An autopsy is pending.
Of the 11 who sustained injuries, one person remained in critical condition today, two people were in serious condition, and eight people suffered minor injuries, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
"Thousands of people come to enjoy the beach and walk and bike," said Lt. Andy Neiman with the Los Angeles Police Department. "It's horrendous."
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