For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
SECURITY GUARD TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR FIRING SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON AT FASHION ISLAND
SANTA ANA – A security guard will be arraigned today for discharging his gun at Fashion Island. Marcos Sarinana Gurrola, 42, Garden Grove, is charged with 54 felony counts of shooting at an occupied building and two felony counts of aggravated assault with sentencing enhancements for the use of a firearm. He was also charged with 10 felony counts of the negligent discharge of a firearm for a previous incident. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 115 years in state prison. The People will request the defendant be held without bail at his arraignment today, Dec. 18, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2012, Gurrola is accused of driving his white Honda Civic and parking in the Macy’s parking lot at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. He is accused of exiting his vehicle armed with a Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun and six magazines. He is accused of raising his firearm and discharging 54 rounds of ammunition in the direction of the Macy’s building. As a result of the shooting, Gurrola is accused of causing a mother and her 4-year-old daughter to suffer minor injuries from being pushed by panicked shoppers, who were running for cover. None of the bullets struck the building.
The defendant is accused of dropping his weapon and surrendering to Newport Beach police officers. At the time of Gurrola’s arrest, police recovered ammunition for different weapons including .44 caliber, .380 caliber, and .38 caliber, and no other weapons.
The Newport Beach Police Department investigated the case and linked the defendant to a previous incident. At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2011, Gurrola is accused of discharging 10 rounds from a firearm in a parking lot at Fashion Island. The shooting was reported to police but no suspects were detained or identified. The defendant was linked to the November 2011 crime as a result of the investigation into the recent shooting.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.