December 16th, 2012
04:30 AM ET

Man stands in mall parking lot, fires 50 shots in the air

A man stood in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Southern California on Saturday and fired 50 shots into the air.

Police didn’t say why, but his actions prompted many stores in the open-air Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach to lock their doors.

No one was hurt by the bullets raining down, but one person suffered minor injuries while trying to flee the area, police said.

Newport Beach Police quickly took the man, 42-year-old Marcos Sarinana Gurrola, into custody, but not before calling in the bomb squad when the man said he had more ammunition in the trunk of his car.

The incident came a day after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, and last week’s fatal shooting at a mall in Oregon.

Patrick Wyrick was returning to his car when he heard the shots and, from behind the safety of his car, began capturing the scene with camera.

“I wasn't sure they were real or not. Then a heard another set of shots and then another,” he said in a video he posted on YouTube.

“My wife and daughter were at an ice cream shop in the mall when the shooting happened. They ended up running and screaming with everyone toward the opposite side of the mall.”

Other shoppers began tweeting:

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  1. Frank

    I would like for CNN to be the first news organization to make a stand in denying this evil murder his fame.
    don't show his face mention his name. Take a stand and do the right thing. Forget about ratings and future awards
    For the coverage of this event. Be the CNN of the first IRaq war. lead and the others will follow.
    This is not just another sensationalized news story. We don't need stats on this monster, who his friends were or whether he got A's in school. focus on the victims. make this about them. Do the right thing and you will have viewers for life.
    Be more than the mainstream.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. OBAMACARE iS HERE TO STAY LADIES N GENTLEMEN

    And the tea party aka the new KKK & GOP party aka Greed Over People don't want gun control.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Babylon2020

    What the hell is wrong with people???

    December 17, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dude

    Guns kill? Then how exactly do people leave a Gun Show alive?

    December 17, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      Guns have NO other "useful" purpose! Guns are designed to KILL! Period. Who do YOU "NEED TO KILL"! hmm?

      December 17, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Amanda

    one question! why are yall pulling the race card out??? just be greatful no one was hurt!!!

    December 17, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Haru Ruben

    The current generation of firearms feature design flaws that make them inherently unsafe products.

    Firearms are designed to defend life & propert, hunt in-season animals and shoot inanimate paper targets for sport.

    Current design allow for these products to be used for mass murder of unarmed civilians including children, until this design flaw can be corrected these unsafe products should be recalled and banned like any other unsafe consumer product.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. colt45

    It is time to act now to get rid of assault weapons, and improve our ability to assess individuals for diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems. Each and every person in this country needs to ask themselves what they CAN do and DO IT!

    December 17, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. ATLJoe

    Look this is a mental health issue. AMerica doesn't take mental health as a serious issue, we just lock people up and dont treat them. Guns are definitely created as a tool to kill, they are useful, but their purpose is to kill. Crazy people + knifes is bad, but Crazy people + guns is much much worse. A. Start treating the mentally ill. B. Make it harder to obtain crazy AK style assault rifles....or have better background checks!

    December 17, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    Thank God its only 50 shots and no one hurt. Had it been 51, someone would've been.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lisa

    For all of those who say this animal was hispanic think twice. He is NOT! go back to school maybe if there were not so much ignorant people out there; this will be a better AMERICA!!! think about the hispanic Vicky Soto the teacher that save these American kids giving her life. ITs not time to be pulling the racist card its time to be united as one nation to change America.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Canada Dave

      UMM yES HE WAS HISPANIC.. BUT WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING??

      December 17, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan

      Uh, yes he was hispanic....probably an illegal one to

      December 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lord Toronaga

    When will Soledad O'Brien let her guests finish what they have to say before she cuts them off. It's almost her interviewing herself. She refuses to allow any guest to say anything that runs counter to her own "well informed" opinion.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • tarlcabot

      I agree, her and that Don Lemon are the WORSE for that. Be quiet and let the folks answer the question!!! Also Don Lemon likes to pontificate long questions, diverting the original conversation. Poor habits the both of them...

      December 17, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank Tillery

      She sounds like O'Reilly, Hannity and Megan. Have your ever seen how rude they are to their guests? I do not know if either of them, including Soledad are true journalist. They appear to be talk show hosts...very opinionated hosts at that!

      December 17, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Lord Toronaga

      Don Lemon also cuts people off if he disagrees with them. I do not watch Fox News that much but they also have issues with letting guest finish, but Soledad is the worst. Her interview today with the guest who pointed out some inconvenient truths was extremely rude and unprofessional. It"s like she thinks she owns and rules CNN. You can see the frustration in her morning show panel as she screams her personal opinions like Bill Maher.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan

      You know who else is extremely bad at that is that ding wit reporter Nancy Grace. If you don't say something she agrees with she will cut you off. One of the worst reporters I have ever seen

      December 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lord Toronaga

      Nancy Grace is horrible. She runs a tabloid show.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lord Toronaga

      I like Anderson Cooper. He seems fair. Wolf is also pretty good. They let their guests finish their statements before they question them.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lord Toronaga

    Costas runs his mouth on Football Night and every lunatic in the USA starts shooting everyone.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Yep, I'm sure these nuts were ONLY upset about Bob Costas. This is why you NEED government to control your life. Because you are too stupid to make cognoscente decisions on your own. I mean, look at your statement.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Lord Toronaga

      I'm SURE it had something to do with it.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. usa kid

    WE Will take the Gun's and give you drones and more tax! We are not controlling you we are just running your life using media!

    December 17, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      I used to think like you until I came to the conclusion that A LOT of people need it because they are too stupid to figure anything out for themselves.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lord Toronaga

    Not one of these recent killers can be linked to conservatives, NRA members or Tea Party people.... Hmmm

    December 17, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Pleasestandup

      Nore can they be linked to Sesame Street, Duck Dynasty, AARP, GreenPeace, NRA, Barnum and Bailey Circus, your local muffler shop, National Academy of Sciences, Denny's, Depends, Honey Nut Cheeros.... Hmmmmm.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Lord Toronaga

      Just saying....and...
      Seems like Lanza didn't like females. Maybe this was gay rage ???

      December 17, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. John

    The country is in the toilet because people are more concerned about their ability to buy assault weapons and smoke pot than anything else. We are a nation of idiots and the world knows it. These comments shoe how selfish this country really is.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Canada guy

      Don't group harmless pot in with your retarded cultural need for guns and violence. No one in history has ever died from pot – only from the prohibition.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Canada

      lol. another Canadian pot activists. can you please not strengthen the stereotype. I dont think pot is terrible, but it's nothing to be proud of. be a activist for the sick and homeless if you really want to make a difference.

      December 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
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