Hikers make their way through chaparral in the Santa Monica Mountains. (National Park Service)

A man has been indicted for the fatal shooting of a camper in Malibu and attempting to kill 10 others in connection with a series of shootings over a two-year period between 2016 and 2018.

A grand jury returned the superseding indictment against Anthony Rauda, 43 on Oct. 21 for one count of murder, 10 counts of attempted murder and five counts of second-degree burglary. The indictment was unsealed on Tuesday.

Rauda was arrested in October of 2018 by sheriff’s deputies who saw him on a Malibu ridge dressed in black and carrying a rifle. Officers were searching the area for a suspect who had stolen food from several businesses and homes. He was jailed for a probation violation related to being a felon in possession of a gun and he was eventually connected to a series of shootings in the mountains including the murder of Tristan Beaudette, 35, who was killed while camping in a tent with his two daughters in Malibu Creek State Park. The girls weren’t injured.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Rauda allegedly shot at unsuspecting campers or motorists dating back to November 2016 when he is accused of wounding a man who was sleeping in a hammock in the Malibu State Park area. Less than a week later, he allegedly fired into the sleeping area of a vehicle.

Rauda also is accused of shooting into vehicles on three different occasions in 2017. No one was injured in those incidents.

He is accused of shooting at a Tesla on Las Virgenes Road on June 18, 2018 and four days before he allegedly killed Beaudette.

Rauda also has been charged with several burglaries that occurred in the Calabasas area.

If convicted as charged, Rauda faces a maximum sentence of more than 265 years to life in state prison.

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