The victim was found suffering from blunt force trauma to the head inside a tent on the sand off Ocean Front Walk and Dudley Avenue, ha detto il dipartimento di polizia di Los Angeles. Officers were called to the location on the famous boardwalk in Venice Beach just before 3:30 p.m.
Relatives of the man identified him to KCBS-TV as 49-year-old Michael Hall. They said he moved to the encampment a few weeks ago and that his death was the result of a love triangle. Authorities have arrested Michael McClain, 38, in connection to the killing, authorities said Sunday.
He was found at another homeless encampment, the LAPD said.
Investigators said there was possibly a fight and someone was heard yelling in the early morning hours before Hall was discovered.
“Later in the day they noticed that the tent was collapsed,” ha detto la polizia.
UN 911 caller said they checked the tent and found Hall injured, ha detto la polizia. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The LAPD said he had an ongoing dispute with another homeless person, che non è stato identificato.
The death comes amid backlash from Venice residents and business owners who have complained about the expansion of the homeless encampment along the beach and crimes related to the homeless people living there.
Authorities said there have been shootings, lotte, molestie, arson and other incidenti related to the encampments. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva dispatched department homeless outreach deputies to the area – which is under LAPD jurisdiction. La settimana scorsa, he asked county leaders to declare a stato di emergenza to address the problem.
Di lunedi, efforts to house up to 200 homeless people in Venice began. Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin said 19 people were moved indoors.
“This is what addressing our crisis of homelessness in Los Angeles looks like, getting one unhoused resident at a time back on their feet and into housing,” he said in a lettera to constituents.