Man accused of opening fire at Newport Beach mall faces judge

No one injured in shooting at Fashion Island

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A 42-year-old security guard was charged Tuesday with firing more than 50 rounds at the Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach, prompting panic among shoppers a day following the mass killings at a Connecticut elementary school.

Marcos Sarinana Gurrola of Garden Grove was charged with 54 counts of shooting at an occupied building, two counts of aggravated assault and 10 counts of negligent discharge of a firearm, all felonies, with sentence-enhancing allegations for shooting a gun.

Gurrola is also accused of firing 10 rounds on Nov. 16 last year at Fashion Island, Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman said. About 3:45 p.m. that day, 10 rounds were fired in a Fashion Island parking lot, but no one was arrested at the time, the prosecutor said.

Gurrola, who's currently being held on $250,000 bail, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. Mestman said he will seek to have Gurrola held without bail.

A check of state Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Security and Investigative Services records shows Gurrola has a Guard/Patrolperson Registration issued Jan. 2, 2009, and due to expire at the end of next month.

It wasn't clear whether Gurrola was currently employed as a security guard, and, if so, where he was working, Mestman said.

Newport Beach police received multiple calls of gunfire in the east side of the parking lot outside the Macy's store at San Miguel and Newport Center drives about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, according to department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.

Gurrola drove his white Honda Civic to the lot, got out of the vehicle and fired a Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun 54 times, Mestman alleged.

A bullet was found on the ground at an apartment building near the mall, but it has not been confirmed it came from the gun Gurrola fired, Mestman said. None of the bullets struck the Macy's store, he said.

A mother and her 4-year-old daughter suffered minor injuries when they were shoved by panicked shoppers running for cover, but no one was hit by the gunfire, Mestman said.

Bicycle officers who patrol the area arrived quickly and took the gunman into custody without incident, Lowe said.

Gurrola could face up to 115 years in prison if he is convicted at trial, Mestman said.

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