UPDATED: Shooting at Fashion Island; Alleged Gunman in Custody

Police say a man is taken into custody after shots are fired outside Macy’s at a parking structure at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

Their faces were filled with terror. It was another shooting, another gunman opening fire in a crowded place.

Twenty-four hours and thousands of miles from the Connecticut school shooting, shoppers at Newport Beach's Fashion Island escaped tragedy Saturday when police quickly subdued a gunman who fired 50 shots in the parking lot outside Macy’s.

No one was injured, and police arrested Garden Grove resident Marcos Sarinana Gurrola, 42, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, said Kathy Lowe, a spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department. Shoppers hid in dressing rooms, ducked down inside a movie theater and made a run for their cars, not knowing if the gunman intended to open fire on the crowd and with Friday’s Connecticut school shooting still raw for many people.

Newport Beach police received multiple calls of gunfire at 4:35 p.m. in the east side of the lot outside the Macy’s, at San Miguel and Newport Center drives, said Lowe. Bicycle officers who patrol the area arrived quickly and took the gunman into custody without incident, Lowe said.

“A male was shooting a weapon in the air and at the ground,” Lowe said. "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."

There were no injuries or property damage from the shots, but one person suffered minor injuries trying to get away from the area on foot, she said. Officers combed the area to make sure no one was injured or killed by the errant gunfire, added Lowe.

"It was an isolated incident," she said. "We don't have a motive at this time."

The investigation is ongoing, but police have no reason to believe there was anyone else involved, nor is there any indication the shooter intended to open fire inside the shopping center, said Lowe.

The mall was crowded with shoppers when the shots rang out.

According to witnesses, shoppers ran screaming into and out of the mall. A pair of women who saw the shooting ran into the nearby Macy’s, shouting to lock the doors and run for cover. Within three minutes, the mall level of the crowded store was empty, said one witness.

The crowd ran out an opposite exit past a Victoria’s Secret and Forever 21 and into a nearby Nordstrom.

Deena Nassef of Orange and Hanaa Escatel were walking into Macy’s with Escatel's 11-year-old son, Robert, as panicked shoppers spilled out screaming. The pair led the rush into Nordstrom.

“Everyone started to run out of the store and followed us to Nordstrom,” Nassef said. “Even as we were running, people were laughing at us. Everyone thought it might be a joke or a hoax.”

Once inside Nordstrom, the scene was chaotic.

“People were being trampled and pushed. Imagine 150 people trying to get through a door,” said Escatel. “Makeup brushes were flying everywhere.”

Store employees locked the doors and ushered the shoppers into the dressing rooms for refuge, said Nassef and Escatel.

“People were trying on clothes while we were waiting,” said Nassef. “People where trying to make the best of a bad situation.”

One wheelchair-bound shopper was celebrating her 100th birthday. Store employees handed out cookies and water, and the nervous shoppers sang Happy Birthday.

Patch reporter Tiffany Carter, who was at Macy’s when the shots were fired, said some shoppers hid in the movie theater, and police were patrolling the mall with guns drawn.

As rumors raced through the shopping center, many wondered if their friends and co-workers had been shot. Store employees conducted headcounts of their staffs, uncertain about the fate of employees who were under lockdown in neighboring boutiques.

The alleged gunman was captured within minutes of the shooting, and it didn’t take long for a semblance of normalcy to return to the shopping center. Macy’s reopened in less than two hours. By 9:15 p.m., Christmas carolers strolled through the outdoor mall.

See witness video from the shooting to the right.

 -City News Service contributed to this report.

S.A.P. December 16, 2012 at 08:02 PM
JustUs, you are really a piece of...work. Now you are bringing race/ethnicity into it? I figured your Santa Ana comments were racially motivated, and this new comment also points in that direction. You would be better off just letting it be.
JustUs December 16, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Shipwrek, you must be projecting. Santa Ana is simply a city. Just like Tustin, Garden Grove, Irvine, Brea, etc... but Santa Ana has a greater incidence of gunfire than most too. That's a fact. My comparing Santa Ana with Newport had nothing to do with race as much as you try to make that insinuation. Shame on you. And w/regard to the Newport shooter's name - I have never heard of a name like that before. It sounds very foreign to me. And I just wondered about his nationality. To me it sounds Italian. He looks like he might be of Italian descent. A perfectly legitimate and honest comment. Nothing wrong with it at all. I didn't even mention 'race'. You did that. I wanted to know his nationality. My God you're sensitive!
Chinz December 16, 2012 at 09:03 PM
It could be Cuban or any Southern American country, but doe it really matter? The guy is obviously a psych case. Thank God no one was hurt! Happy Holidays to you all!
JustUs December 16, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Thank you, Chinz. I was just curious whether he was a foreign national. A typical question that would pop into someone's mind with such a name. The article didn't mention it. I thought he may be Italian, but you say he's probably a south of the border heritage of some sort. Someone must know for sure. But, yes, the important thing is that no one was hurt. Thank God. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years, Chinz!
ms.sc. December 16, 2012 at 09:25 PM
It does not matter what the color of your skin is. It does not matter what your sex is. If you choose to change either your skin color or your sexual gender, it does not matter to society. What matters is how you treat your brother/sister, animal/pet and mother nature. Respect and Love.
JustUs December 16, 2012 at 09:42 PM
ms.sc. But it does matter if a person happens to be a foreign national in Orange County shooting off a gun. That does matter and that's why I wanted to know if the suspect is an American or a foreign national. I agree that skin color or gender does not matter. But nationality does! And if he happens to be a foreign national perhaps that should be an indication that we should be more selective about who we let in. How's that for logic?
Johnny Utah December 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Just goes to show you, we are not safe anywhere...
S.A.P. December 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Seriously, JustUs, learn to read! Taken directly from the article: "... police arrested Garden Grove resident Marcos Sarinana Gurrola, 42," Please don't try to claim they just updated that info. It was there the first time I read it, yesterday
JustUs December 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Johnny Utah, ironically the most dangerous place any of us could be is in a car driving on that death trap that they call a 'freeway'. But few people hesitate doing it. If you think about it - people should run AWAY from their cars. Instead, they run TOWARD them! Go figure, man. Go figure! None of them talk about banning cars - do they?
JustUs December 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Shipwrek, just curious. Do Santa Ana and Garden Grove border one another? Please respond 'yes' or 'no'. Thank you. I rest. Have a wonderful day. I know you mean well.
Johnny Utah December 16, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Just us...I said we are not safe ANYWHERE!!!! cars, bikes, places...anywhere=anywhere...
ms.sc. December 16, 2012 at 10:57 PM
The thing is "they" are going to get "in" because of corrupt officials anyways. So while it is appauding for the drug busts they make at the border...think about how many "slide". Why we can't get along as Nations is troubling. We get along with Canada...why not Mexico? Many people speak Spanish/ Latin. Let us try to cope and get along. I don't believe in drugs, so both Countries should comprimise on how to make the best use of the land.
ms.sc. December 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM
JustUs, do you own this planet? Does anyone? Why is it not safe to travel anywhere in the World? I'm sorry my question seems as simple as a child...but why? The United States of America is just that. Or should be. We should be United. I know all about the Native Americans and Thanksgiving, trouble is we are still living in the past and are bitter about our future. I am very leary of our neighbors to the South...because of the drug trade. I am also leary of our own government within because of recent oil and energy greed within our own Nation.
Martin Henderson (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Moonlight Venetian Sass' comment has been deleted. Although the commenter gets high marks for invention of the word ignorantification, and Patch will generally ignore horrific spelling, we can't tolerate the F-bomb and other profanities. Clean it up and try again.
Martin Henderson (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Moonlight Venetian Sass' comment has been deleted. Although the commenter gets high marks for invention of the word ignorantification, and Patch will generally ignore horrific spelling, we can't tolerate the F-bomb and other profanities. Clean it up and try again.
JustUs December 17, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Where did I say I owned the planet. ms.sc.? Just because you claim to have a masters of science does that make you a know-all, be-all who can't possibly be wrong? I know people with advanced degrees who are as dumb as a rock. So I don't give people a benefit of the doubt when it comes to opinions based on their education. I use my common sense to form opinions. Not necessarily something I read in a book. The world has always operated based on the principle of national sovereignty. All nations (except for America) protect their borders vigorously and enforce immigration law domestically (except for America). When we allow criminals to infiltrate our neighborhoods it can only mean disaster. Locking arms and singing "kumbayah" with bordering nations sounds nice in theory. But in reality it's a train wreck waitng to happen. National sovereignty is where it's at. It's been that way since the days of Babylon.
ms.sc. December 17, 2012 at 03:11 AM
JustUs, you just posted National sovereinty is "where" it's at since the days of Babyalon. Fine. Call me hopeful, "Kumbayah"! Enough said. The article speaks for itself when it states " makeup brushes were flying everywhere". Pretty lame and tasteless considering the past week. It is important we acknowledge our surroundings and not make light of them.
David Webb December 17, 2012 at 09:21 AM
Shipwrek, I don't mean to hate on you anymore than EVERYONE ELSE already has, but I think YOU need to keep quite! I've read your posts and the responses you get here: YOU'RE THE DUNCE! Re-read my comments. I only clarify the context of what HAD BEEN reported AT THE TIME of posting. I never made ANY defense or excuse for what happened. To clarify, it wasn't a "shooting" per se, because the "shooter" never fired at another person and had no intention of hurting anyone. If you read ALL of the comments before mine, you'll find that most were running wild and exaggerating the dangers and the motivation behind this event. As for the Deputy Chief McGill denying it was a protest, I'm aware that most metropolitan police departments will often deny the motivation behind events like these to also deny perpetrators the kind of publicity or spotlight they might seek. It's no concern to the police, as the "shooter" will be charged either way. p.s. Why are all the Patch forums incredibly hostile? I thought they were supposedly more "neighborly" than most. So much for that notion!
David Webb December 17, 2012 at 09:27 AM
Again, I'm curious to read WHERE I make any defense for the "shooter" or his antics? Re-read my comments. I only clarify the context of what HAD BEEN reported AT THE TIME of posting. I never made ANY defense or excuse for what happened. To clarify, it wasn't a "shooting" per se, because the "shooter" never fired at another person and had no intention of hurting anyone. If you read ALL of the comments before mine, you'll find that most were running wild and exaggerating the dangers and the motivation behind this event. The CONTEXT to a story is often more important that what is reported. Nobody should think of this event as an intended "killing spree." It was, every sense, a ANTI-GUN PROTEST in light of the Conn. shootings. Why else would the "shooter" have have done this the day after, fire only into the air and call 911 on himself, with the police station not a mile down the road? THINK!
David Webb December 17, 2012 at 09:33 AM
If race WASN'T an important factor in understanding these events, police agencies and the DOJ wouldn't record and track that data, which they do! Don't be so ignorant or concerned with being politically correct that ignore the facts. Race was obviously important enough for the (often Liberal) media to include it in their reports.
S.A.P. December 17, 2012 at 04:54 PM
JustUs, you have once again been proven incorrect & now you want to give a geography lesson? What does the location of the city of Garden Grove have to do with your previous (incorrect) statements? Do France & Germany border one another? Why does it matter? Nice deflection. Don't bother responding. You really aren't a worthy opponent, and I feel sorry for you since you can't seem to help making a fool of yourself. Have a nice day.
S.A.P. December 17, 2012 at 05:04 PM
David Webb, I'm LMAO at your comment that "EVERYONE ELSE" (yelling it, no less) has been "hating on me" when in reality it was only JustUs, and the majority of the posters in this section agree with me, not him/her. If you cannot clearly see something that simple, there is really no point in discussing anything with you. If you are incapable of understanding that a person is just as dead when hit by round which is fired in the air as they are if shot on purpose, then there really isn't any use trying to explain it to you. BTW, are you aware that typing in all caps is considered yelling? It makes you look a little unhinged.
Joker Joe December 17, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Pass a law to lock down Garden Grove Ms. Feinstein....
Trisha Jones December 17, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I just don't get it. Why would someone shoot their gun in the air at a mall? Another instance of mental illness in our country. I can only hope that with all this talk of gun reform, the topic of mental health is raised too!
David Webb December 17, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I don't know either, Trisha. Why do you think? Why else would the "shooter" do such a thing the day after the Conn. shooting? Why would he only fire into the air of an empty parking lot and then call 911 on himself, with the police station not a mile down the road? Could it possibly be that it was an ANTI-GUN PROTEST, in light of recent events? Maybe the "shooter" wanted to scare people into action? Maybe he wanted to show people how easily he COULD have hurt many people? Think about that. Think about the sociopolitical angle, even if only hypothetically. Either way, this wasn't a REAL shooting -- there was never any intent to hurt anyone, only to make a public display. What the real motivation was is a question that, at the very least, deserves to be asked! THINK for yourself instead of waiting for CNN to tell you what to think, how to feel, and what you should do next. THINK for yourself.
Joker Joe December 17, 2012 at 08:52 PM
What David is saying is that this was an anti-gun protest. Don't laugh but this is what I surmise by his comments. The dude shot bullets into the air to say that he was against guns and we need more laws????? Where do the bullets land? Just think!!!
Psoas minor December 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
It has already been reported that it was not an antigun event. So it's still a mystery. It could've been an active shooter that changed his mind and just decided not to go through it.
Papa Rich December 18, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Very stupid move.....when you shoot a gun into the air the bullet has to come down and is very dangerous...what an idiot this is what the do over there in the arab countries come on people get a grip !!!
ms.sc. December 18, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I agree with you Papa Rich. :( Stupid people in this world.
Martin Henderson (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 11:38 PM
David Webb makes some good points, but I disagree that it was an empty parking lot. Clearly, that was not the case. And he parked his vehicle directly across from a movie theater. These are gathering places for people, and shooting in the air doesn't help give the anti-gun protest wings. Now, if there were 54 bullets that were dug up from the base of the tree, I'd be a bit more open. What the shooter did was reckless and whether he intended or not, he endangered many lives from the rain of bullets. Frankly, he got lucky that no one or no car (as far as we know) was hit by a bullet, and that no one died or was more seriously injured from the stampede that it caused.


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