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Man charged with murder in car rampage on Venice Beach boardwalk

This undated booking photo released by the Bay County Sheriff's Office showing Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, from a 2008 arrest in Panama City, Florida. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
This undated booking photo released by the Bay County Sheriff's Office showing Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, from a 2008 arrest in Panama City, Florida. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this still frame made from security camera footage from Snapchat headquarters, pedestrians scatter as a car drives through a packed afternoon crowd along the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this still frame made from security camera footage from Snapchat headquarters, pedestrians scatter as a car drives through a packed afternoon crowd along the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Aug 3, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, attends an arraignment hearing in court charging him with murder and assault with a deadly weapon in Los Angeles, California on Aug 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, attends an arraignment hearing in court charging him with murder and assault with a deadly weapon in Los Angeles, California on Aug 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
People gather at a makeshift memorial on the Venice Beach boardwalk for Alice Gruppioni, a tourist on her honeymoon from Bologna, Italy, who was killed Saturday when a motorist drove a car through the boardwalk in Los Angeles, California, on Aug 5, 2
People gather at a makeshift memorial on the Venice Beach boardwalk for Alice Gruppioni, a tourist on her honeymoon from Bologna, Italy, who was killed Saturday when a motorist drove a car through the boardwalk in Los Angeles, California, on Aug 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mr Piero Casadei (centre) and Ms Katia Gruppioni (left, in black), respective father and aunt of newlyweds Christian Casadei and Alice Gruppioni, visit a makeshift memorial at the site where Alice was killed and Christian injured, on the Venice Beach
Mr Piero Casadei (centre) and Ms Katia Gruppioni (left, in black), respective father and aunt of newlyweds Christian Casadei and Alice Gruppioni, visit a makeshift memorial at the site where Alice was killed and Christian injured, on the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles, California on Aug 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mr Rishikavi Raghudas prays in front of a makeshift memorial for Italian newlywed Alice Gruppioni on Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach on Monday, Aug 5, 2013, in Los Angeles. -- PHOTO: AP
Mr Rishikavi Raghudas prays in front of a makeshift memorial for Italian newlywed Alice Gruppioni on Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach on Monday, Aug 5, 2013, in Los Angeles. -- PHOTO: AP
A card showing the photo of Italian newlywed Alice Gruppioni, left, and her husband Christian Casadei, is placed on a makeshift memorial for Gruppioni along Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach on Monday, Aug 5, 2013, in Los Angeles. -- PHOTO: AP
A card showing the photo of Italian newlywed Alice Gruppioni, left, and her husband Christian Casadei, is placed on a makeshift memorial for Gruppioni along Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach on Monday, Aug 5, 2013, in Los Angeles. -- PHOTO: AP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A Colorado man accused of plowing his car through crowds at the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles, killing an Italian woman on her honeymoon and injuring 16 others, was charged on Tuesday with murder and multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, was also charged with 17 counts of hit-and-run, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

Prosecutors said Campbell was behind the wheel of a dark blue Dodge Avenger that sped down the packed boardwalk in Venice Beach on Saturday, killing 32-year-old Italian tourist Alice Gruppioni.

Witnesses said it appeared the driver was aiming for pedestrians along the ocean front walk, a major tourist attraction known for its patchwork of street vendors, souvenir shops, restaurants and sporting areas in one of the city's quirkiest neighbourhoods.

Security footage aired on ABC News shows the car smashing into a crowd of people, backing up and then driving into another throng. Police initially listed 11 people as wounded, but in charging Campbell, prosecutors said 16 people were struck by the car and suffered some form of injury.

Campbell, who police described as a transient with no strong ties to Southern California, was taken into custody after abandoning his car blocks from the scene and walking to a police station in the adjacent community of Santa Monica.

Authorities have disclosed little about what might have motivated the rampage at a top Southern California tourist spot.

A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman has said that Campbell made incriminating statements to officers in Santa Monica.

Campbell was expected to be advised of the charges against him in an initial court appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, and prosecutors said they would seek to have him held on US$1.48 million (S$1.9 million) bail. He faces a possible life prison term if convicted.

Some 100 people gathered on the boardwalk on Monday night in a moment of silence for Gruppioni, who was traveling in California with her new husband, and for the other victims.

A Los Angeles City Council member has asked fire and law enforcement agencies to study placing permanent concrete barricades in place to restrict vehicle access to the boardwalk.