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. Tizzy

    Peace dogs.

    December 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JoshR

    Pot should have never been made illegal. There was never a real reason to make it illegal. Cigarettes kill thousands a year and they are still legal. Alcohol kills thousands a year and its still legal. In regards to the gun issue, research your facts. According to the FBI crime statistics database, violent crimes have been decreasing at a rate corresponding to the increase in firearms purchases since 2005. Also baseball bats turn out to be used at a much higher rate than guns in violent crimes. Yet I don't hear or see anyone wanting to ban baseball bats.

    December 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marie

    Take a look at the guns that are legal in America! What need to people have to buy automatic guns?? Something needs to be done, think it's time that Obama really looks into this issue and puts his foot down. Guns should not be allowed but automatic guns? The world right now is not a very good place. We need to all over the world believe in the man above and have faith and look to help and make the world a better place.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonsense

      Marie, automatic firearms can only be purchased by Federally licensed firearms dealers in some states. The ordinary person buying a firearm - legally– can not buy automatic weapons.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tonyz01

    The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
    Abraham Lincoln

    December 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Another shooting

    Our nation has been suffering from moral decay for the longest. This is the result of the decay. I wish I could say things are going to get better, but just like the bible says man will only get worse, because we're sinful creatures. The world is a wicked place.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Two Eight

    Typical day in America. Way to go guys.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      The sad truth is in some neighborhoods this has always been a typical day in America.

      December 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. D.

      And that is what the government wants you to think. This mentality give them fuel for their ban on guns. Wise up and see that this is NOT a typical day in America,

      December 16, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ericgoestoholland

      settle down, folks. this is no typical day in america.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      you obviously haven't been to philly Eric

      December 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Basher

    This shooting almost seems set up. How far will the left go to get guns outlawed? Yep, got my ol' tin foil hat on today. Give his family a nice tidy sum of cash while he serves out a sentence for assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm in public.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin Goldsen

      Wow the far right gun nuts are really freaking out. That is about the worst argument I've ever seen. It's based on absolutely nothing factual. And above we have born again wing nut saying its all God's fault. Not a good day for conservatives.

      December 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.W. Ellis

      Talk about a rush to judgement!

      December 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Um yeah that sounds plausible. Gee I sure hope you're kidding Basher. It sounds too stupid for you to be serious.

      December 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • paychack

      Yep, here's another paranoid gun owner with no sense of logic or good sense. Basher, seriously, how did you get so stupid?

      December 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will iam

      just another american gun owner


      December 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConcernedC

      @Basher You are exactly the kind of right wing nut cause of why we should ban assault rifles in America. Your statement has absolutely no shred of evidence at all, are you hallucinating? You might be at risk for being the next Mass Shooter in America yourself, get mental help ASAP!!

      December 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      dusint: "Wow the far right gun nuts are really freaking out. That is about the worst argument I've ever seen. It's based on absolutely nothing factual. And above we have born again wing nut saying its all God's fault. Not a good day for conservatives."

      I don't know what's worse. The fact that Basher is the worst troll in history, or that you actually fell for it.

      December 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      You need to have your head examined!

      December 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ericgoestoholland

      well at least you're willing to admit you've got your hat on...

      December 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ReligionIsBS

    "Bad things happen because you done beleive in my imaginary friend. My imaginary friend doesnt like that, and kills small children when he gets angry."

    December 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO

    An NRA member, no doubt, just fulfilling his rights.

    December 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoxNewsLies

      He should have had it pointed at his head.

      December 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. D.


      A government insider no doubt staging a scene to build up pabilcity for an anti gun war.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ericgoestoholland

      Based on the comments so far, here's what I've learned about this story:
      The weirdo who fired a bunch of shots into the air is either:
      A. An NRA member, presumably trigger happy and in the mood to just shoot bullets skyward


      B. A bleeding heart liberal who wants to once and for all get the U.S. government to pass strict gun control laws.

      Is it just me, or do we live in a black and white country?

      December 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Noah Cat

    Republican area of California...

    December 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SpellingIsBS

    'nuff said?

    December 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Will iam

    Wow – how ignorant

    only in america

    December 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Regularguy

    Maybe we ALL should be strapped so when some idiot starts shooting where someone may get killed or hurt there are a lot of folks around that can take him/her out early.

    December 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TonDef

      America is already the most heavily armed nation in the world. If more guns made us safer we'd already be the safest nation, but in reality we have more gun violence than most of the world's other nations combined. The numbers are staggering, and yet people continue to make the same tired and delusional argument that we need even more armed citizens to reduce the level of violence. The second amendment may protect your right to bear arms, but it can't protect the rest of us from the fact that more guns equate to more shootings.

      December 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. D.

      EXACTLLY. If more people were arrmed, then those that want to harm would think twice about doing so.

      Which sign do you think will work best?


      I choose the 2nd one.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. D.

      @ TonDef

      No, more guns will not equal more shootings. It is the lack of guns that currently equal more shootings. Criminals know that very few people carry guns now, and those that do are banned fram carrying them into a lot of public places. So they carry and open fire knowing that there is little chance someoen will shoot back.

      I know darn well if I was in a place and someone started shooting, I would pull my gun and take the guy out. Casualty rate would be low becasue the shooter would be dead.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    The number of Americans that die by gun shot ranges from approx. 10,000 to 12,0000 per year. – So ... approximately 30 a day ... That is approximately a 9/11 every three months, every year, always ... we should invade ourselves!

    December 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. D.

      Post your source or shut up. Your numbers are so off it's not funny. Divide those numbers by 20 or 30 and you are closer.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mahhn

    Over 32,000 people in the US were killed with autos last year. I would think this should be addressed long befor guns which is 14,159.

    December 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • stuschr

      How many of those were killed on purpose. Your argument shows your low IQ.

      December 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
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