Man fires 50 shots at California mall parking lot



NEWPORT BEACH, California – A suspect who fired about 50 shots in the parking lot of a crowded Southern California shopping mall, sending shoppers sprinting for safety, was cooperative when officers took him into custody, authorities said Sunday.

Witnesses said people ran, screaming and ducking for cover, when 42-year-old Marcos Gurrola fired into the air and onto the ground Saturday afternoon near the Macy’s department store at the open-air Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach.

He paused to reload several times, police said.

Then Gurrola put the gun down and offered no resistance when bicycle officers arrested him around 4:30 p.m., said Lt. John Lewis.

“He just gave up,” Lewis said.

Investigators have no motive, Lewis said.

Gurrola, of Garden Grove, was charged with shooting at an inhabited dwelling. He was being held Sunday on $250,000 bail. Police recovered a handgun and ammunition.

Officials said one person suffered a minor injury while running away, and was treated at the scene.

The gunfire caused panic, coming a day after a gunman killed 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, and days after a deadly mall shooting in Oregon.

The mall, near Pacific Coast Highway in the heart of Newport Beach, was crowded with holiday shoppers and the parking lot was full. Many people ran into stores, a movie theater and other businesses.

“It’s a miracle nobody got injured,” said Sven Maric, who said he was celebrating his wife’s birthday at a restaurant patio about 50 yards (40 meters) away. “The bullets had to land somewhere, and he shot so many.”

Some stores voluntarily closed their doors and kept shoppers inside while police investigated.

Bret McGaughey, 22, of Laguna Beach, said he was with his mom in the Apple store when shoppers ran to the rear of the store as employees locked the front entrance. He estimated that up to 100 people stayed in the back of the store for about 30 minutes until Apple employees announced that police said it was safe to reopen the doors.

Gurrola is a licensed security guard whose firearm permit expired in 2001, according to the Orange County Register, which cited state records.

Gurrola doesn’t appear to have a criminal record, the newspaper said.

A telephone number for a Marcos Gurrola was disconnected.

On Tuesday, a gunman at an Oregon shopping mall killed two people and wounded a third amid a holiday crowd estimated at 10,000 people. Clackamas County authorities are still trying to determine why the gunman opened fire before killing himself.

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  • carlorocci

    Another insane on the loose…..

  • Rex

    gusto magpauso ng mga nasisiraan ng ulo.

  • divictes

    Fiscal cliff, psycho cliff…full clip.

  • kilabot

    another pervert spreading destruction. 

    due to perverse policies, the usa is now a dangerous place to be. 
    with noykapon’s support for perversion, the ph will not be far behind. 

    No to perversion.

    • Edwin Edwin


      • JuanTamadachi

        and how..

  • Mux

    The United States really needs to repeal their 2nd Amendment guaranteeing the right  to keep and bear arms. This is too much already!

  • malek_abdul

    Americans are becoming more trigger happy nowadays. No respect for life and property!

    • batangpaslit

      America had been trigger all the time. They even bombed and stratef Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Iraq when these nations committed no wrong against the people of U.S.A.
      America is now reaping what they sow—harming other people; now, they are being harmed by their own people no less.
      Poetic justice…

  • wawa2172

    Hmm after the Connecticut school kindergarten student and teachers massacre, now California firing of gun on air and ground in a mall, Americans is now becoming a dangerous place to live in. If this had happen in other countries like the Philippines travel advisory will hit the international news in all form of media. Many Americans are depressed with the economic difficulties that have affected the country. Nonetheless their living condition is still better than in most countries in the world however many are not able to coped up with the difficulties. Well, here in the Philippines firing of guns is just but normal in some places  specifically in Mindanao. In places like Marawi, Lanao Sur and Norte, Maguindanao, Cotobato City and provinces, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi among others, gun ownership most if not all of which are unlicensed is a common thing. Hindi lang putukan ang normal kundi giyera between armed groups specifically when there is “Rido” or clan conflict. Maguindanao massacre is the best example and it made news all over the world. Well, as far as Guinness World of Record in killing group of people by trigger happy people, the Philippines could belong to top.     

    • divictes

      It’s true about the places that you mentioned. But now they don’t speak about rido anymore but “family problems”(in English), and gunbattles usually initiate the “problem solving”.

  • Olibo

    Ito na kaya ang epekto ng recession sa US? Unti-unti nang nabubuang ang mga kano?

  • batangpaslit

    With what is going on on Mainland U.S.A. now, how I wish the innocent people of America would realize what the innocent children and nursing mothers in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Iraq felt when U.S. warplanes bombed them and naval cannons fired them.

    The land of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos were strafed with bullets when these Asian people have done nothing wrong against America.

    Iraq was bullied and assaulted by America, Britain, and Australia on false grounds that Hussien is producing Weapons of Mass Destruction.

    Now that the shooting and firing are occuring in their own homes, in their schools, in their shopping malls by their own people—how I wish these incidents in U.S. mainland would bring the American people into realization what the people of other nations felt when America bombed them killing their innocent children and nursing mothers when they committed no harm against the people of America.

    May the Almighty One forgive us for committing cruelty to our fellow humankind.

  • LucianoChing

    Travel Advisory would have been issued by the US had these incidents happened in the Philippines….You seldom see killings in the Philippines without reason,but in the US,just for fun killings happens many times?Which country is more dangerous to live in?PI or USA..

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