Mystery after security guard found dead in parking lot of Malibu celebrity hotspot shopping mall

A SECURITY guard was found dead at a Malibu shopping center after possibly being attacked, said police.

The guard was found unresponsive by another employee around 7am on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation unfolded at the Trancas Country Market, a favorite stomping ground for celebrities in the area.

The victim was a male in his late 50s who worked as the overnight security guard at the shopping center, authorities said. 

Deputies received a “person down” call and found the man in the parking lot with what appeared to be blunt force trauma on his upper torso.

Sheriff’s officials said that blood was also found nearby. The victim's identity has not been released.

The Lost Hills sheriff’s station tweeted that the man may have been assaulted overnight in the parking lot of the shopping center.

Despite life-saving efforts by Los Angeles County Fire personnel, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We are canvassing the area for any video that might have captured the incident and witnesses who may have some more information,” Lt Vincent M Ursini said at a news conference on Tuesday. 

Ursini added that the crime scene was still being processed “but early indications are that there hasn’t been any weapon recovered.”

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Employees at the shopping center are well-known by the patrons who frequent the area, said Chris Frost, chairman of the Malibu Public Safety Commission.

“Most of these guys… have worked here for a long time," he said at the news conference.

“They aren’t guys who come in and work for a week and then they are gone. People in the neighborhoods know them.”

The man’s cause of death has not yet been released by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

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