Video: Gunman Fires 50 Shots In Mall Parking Lot
A video captures the terrifying scene of yesterday's shooting in the parking lot of Fashion Island in Newport Beach.
Police say that a gunman fired at least 50 rounds into the air and onto the ground just outside Macy's on a busy Saturday at the Orange County mall, according to City News Service. Marcos Sariana Gurrola of Garden Grove, 42, was arrested and booked in the shooting. No one was hurt, except for one person who suffered minor injuries while trying to flee. Police aren't sure what the motive for the shooting was, but KCAL reports that the gunman told police he was unhappy with his life.
Bicycle officers at the mall didn't have trouble arresting Gurrola, who had even more ammo in his trunk. Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe described the arrest to CNS:
The suspect was standing next to his vehicle at the time of the arrest and advised officers there was additional ammunition located in the trunk of his vehicle. As a precautionary measure the Orange County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad was called in to remove the ammunition from the vehicle.
A user on YouTube named pwyrick describes the scene in the video above:
I was taking packages out to the car when I heard a bunch of shots. I wasn't sure they were real or not. Then a heard another set of shots and then another. I couldn't see who was shooting, but I started to take video in the direction the shots came from while standing behind the car you see in the foreground. My video catches the last two clips he shot and I could finally see him when he shot off the last clip. You can barely make the shooter out. He is just beneath the little redish triangle immediately left of the two palm trees in the center of the picture. Before I left, I saw the him on the ground and surrounded by police, but my daughter was very upset so I left to pick them up and get out of the area. 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.
We can't imagine not being terrified hearing someone opening fire at a mall, but shoppers said they felt especially terrified given this week's shooting in Connecticut.Dena Nassef told the Los Angeles Times, "With what happened in Connecticut, we were freaking out. It was like crazy, people leaving stores."
Of course, the masses of people running and noise didn't immediately register as a shooting for some people. Robert Escatel told KTLA: "I saw a bunch of people coming and I thought it was a flash mob. Then (they were) screaming 'shooting at Macy's, shooting at Macy's,' and I was really scared."