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[Real Life] Driver mows down peds at Venice Beach

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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."

 

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First of all RIP to the poor woman who was killed, my condolences to her family and to the other victims who may have long term injuries without actually being killed.

 

Second, since it is inevitable that GTA & GTA V comparisons are going to be made anyway, I might as well bring it up first.

 

I hope not but could this affect the final release of GTA V in any way?

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rockstargamer4life

Can't blame it on GTA v.......its not out yet.....

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Echolex

Jesus.

 

f*ck that guy.

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xzxxsicko

good commercial for GTA V .

i see marketing for GTA V has begun.

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Dope_0110

It was already posted.

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Killerdude

Wrong section..

 

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thugzmansion
good commercial for GTA V .

i see marketing for GTA V has begun.

Absolutely not funny.

sorry but that's funny as f*ck lol.giflol.gificon14.gificon14.gifcookie.gifcookie.gifcookie.gifcookie.gifcookie.gifcookie.gif

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WizzleKidd

Ugh.. why couldn't that guy just be patient! Grand Theft Auto V is coming in just over a month! He couldn't take the wait.

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Ermac_

I dont believe any of it until they do a autopsy on the driver.

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hobodealerr

The scary part is mostly the fact that it seems increasingly normal in the 21st century for killers to target massive defenseless crowds for murder in the United States of America. I myself live in Southern California and visit these beaches frequently during the summer, and I know there was someone trying to kill pedestrians in Santa Monica a few months ago too.

 

I think everyone should stop with the political BS as far as the guns, and entertainment go and try and find the actual source of this violence. After much research on this issue I've come to the conclusion that the core of this type of recent behavior could be due to pharmaceutical drugs (i.e.: anti depressants) that actually even admit on the bottle that they could cause users suicidal and violent tendencies. Is it a coincidence that most of the recent shooters were on some sort of anti-depressent drugs? I can go as far back as to the Columbine shooting. Those two shooters were on anti-depressents as well. Is it just a coincidence?

 

The next factor I believe is the media itself, as they essentially glorify these killers because they create theme songs, they show their face everywhere, they talk about them non-stop, etc etc. It takes copycat killings to a whole different level and inspires sick people to create the same type of violence and chaos. The whole point of life is to leave something behind to be remembered by, and that's one way they can be remembered.

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K20

should be in general section . nothing to do with GTA.

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Johan

Thanks for the news, this totally deserves to be in the GTA V section just because it's in the same state!

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ForDaNords

Should've gone to the pay and spray.

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luckyshot666
good commercial for GTA V .

i see marketing for GTA V has begun.

Haha, I love how you Russians have dark humor.

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Drakulbites

I saw a tv programme a few years ago where they spoke about some of the things hobodealerr mentioned. That showing the killers faces on the news on giant screens and on newspapers, websites and wherever else is glorifying them, wether the media means to or not.. The addition of music and sirens to reports also adds to that.

When they report these things, they should simply report it. Don't show a photo of the killer, don't give him a snappy name as some news channels/papers do, Jack the Ripper being the classic example.

 

I hadn't heard the connection between anti-depressants and violence. If that's true, it would make a lot of sense. I highly doubt they'd ever act on it, though, if that was the case. I can't see multi-million dollar companies throwing away medication that rakes them in endless amounts of money because it can turn people violent and/or suicidal.

 

That's where GTA and other violent media comes in. Anytime something awful like this happens, a part of me is always waiting for someone to drag up some videogame.

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antisatan7

There's a bunch of sentences available to clear all violent video games create violence claim.

 

One of the easiest is:

Before violent video games existed, Hitler.

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ClassicChamploo

He stole my idea!

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JOSEPH X

Police called off the manhunt after they saw the perpetrator enter his house and go to bed.

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jameznash

I never understand why people blame GTA and other games when these things happen.

 

GTA is a copy of real life - not real life a copy GTA.

 

Its even funnier when you think that most GTA missions copy a film or a well known situation of some kind.

 

Nobody screams the house down when watching a horror film where loads of people are killed in horrible ways.

Or somebody steels millions from a bank and the audience thinks there the good guys.

 

But yet a few pixel people die from a pixel bullet and the complaints roll in.

 

Just take Mexico's drug gangs - there is more horror there than in any game - but they show that on the news for everyone to see including young children. Makes no sense to me.

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gtafanny

Don't forget police shot and killed a Rottweiler dog like Chop in southern CA a while ago. A thread was made about this but it got deleted.

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grafftistain
Don't forget police shot and killed a Rottweiler dog like Chop in southern CA a while ago. A thread was made about this but it got deleted.

And that LA police officer who killed other police officers .

 

 

not in LA but still like GTA was the Boston Bombing they reached 6 star wanted level right there

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tinman187

Driver is a complete douche. Condolences to those affected.

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grafftistain

Also do you guys think if a major incident happens (God forbid) like a mass shooting in California that GTA could end up delayed until 2014 ?

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Ambient_
The scary part is mostly the fact that it seems increasingly normal in the 21st century

This. I want to move to the US but in the past few years I've been put off due to the crime that happens. For example, the school shooting, this and all of the other crime that happens. It's atrocious. Has crime elevated so greatly that civillians aren't safe in public places anymore? I currently live in the UK and want some change, but due to the crime that takes place in America I'll probably see myself moving to Europe in the future, perhaps Germany?

 

Why is the US such an unsafe place? Wait, I know why. Illegal drug/gun traders allow this type of crime to flourish, and to be honest, they need to be rightly punished severely. This needs to stop. We're living in the 21st Century and people are being mowed down by some maniac in a car who simply wanted a thrill from murder, it's sickening.

 

Oh, and to the guy who made that absolutely disgusting joke, you're awful. How can you ignore the fact that one woman on her honeymoon was murdered? Yet you still feel the need to joke about it. Just think about what you've done. She was on her honeymoon, now her husband is all alone, undeniably heart-broken. If you had any respect you'd consider the impact of that joke and not post it, some things are just too far.

 

Some people on this forum are too young and too immature to use it.

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GTAMaster666

Whats the point of this thread i dare to ask?

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golf wang

This is tragic. Condolences to those affected.

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blakeney
The scary part is mostly the fact that it seems increasingly normal in the 21st century

Oh, and to the guy who made that absolutely disgusting joke, you're awful. How can you ignore the fact that one woman on her honeymoon was murdered? Yet you still feel the need to joke about it. Just think about what you've done. She was on her honeymoon, now her husband is all alone, undeniably heart-broken. If you had any respect you'd consider the impact of that joke and not post it, some things are just too far.

 

Some people on this forum are too young and too immature to use it.

I've read in the news (yeah I know it's hardly solid evidence... ) That he was aiming for the couple and knew them... was probably f*cking the "bride"...... I know it was in the states, but it's more likely he had a reason then just a loon that wanted to run randoms down??

 

I know everyone likes a sensationalist whirlwind and they get to crack out the "too soon!!1" or "too far" lines, but you have to consider that there is a whole world going on, even this is minor in comparison.... I bet you don't say "too soon" or "too far" when watching images of "3rd world" children and even one woman on her honeymoon blown up by a "western" attack, and now her husband is all alone, undeniably heart-broken......... and before we start debating politics and who "deserves" what... lets just have some "respect" and "consider" our impacts......

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