Scientist shot dead next to young daughters on camping trip in California


Authorities have identified a man shot dead early Friday while camping with his two young daughters near Calabasas, California.

The father, identified Saturday as Tristan Beaudette, 35, of Irvine, died after suffering a gunshot wound to his upper torso.

The shooting was reported at 4:44 a.m. at Malibu Creek State Park.

Beaudette was camping with his two girls, ages 2 and 4, when he was shot at least once in the upper torso, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore said. The children were not hurt in the shooting.

Beaudette was a scientist who worked for a pharmaceutical company, according to CBS Los Angeles. He had taken his daughters on the camping trip while his wife Erica, a doctor, studied for an exam. The two were planning to relocate to the Bay Area for new jobs, according to a GoFundMe set up for the family.

“The theory we are working with is he was shot inside the tent” in the area that is well-traveled by hikers and day trekkers, Moore said. The children were inside the tent, as well, Moore said.

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