Thank goodness no one was hurt!
According to NBC News:
Authorities in Orange County said some 50 shots were fired outside a mall in Newport Beach, Calif., during the busy Christmas shopping season Saturday, a day after a mass shooting in Connecticut had the nation in mourning and again debating gun control. A 42-year-old man was in custody after the sound of gunshots at Fashion Island caused near-pandemonium, according to shoppers. No one was injured, authorities said.
Newport Beach police said the gunman fired some 50 rounds into the air and at the ground in a parking lot outside the Macy’s at the upscale mall at about 4:30 p.m. The shopping center was placed on lockdown.
As mall patrons scrambled into hiding places and shop employees rushed to close doors, officers on bike patrol arrested 42-year-old Marcos Sarinana Gurrola of Garden Grove without incident. “According to witness statements, we had a male who was shooting a weapon into the air and also at the ground, standing by a vehicle,” police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said. “This was an isolated incident. At no time was he observed pointing the weapon at anyone.”
Gurrola was being held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The incident came a day after a horrific mass shooting Friday at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killed 26, including 20 children. Earlier in the week, a gunman opened fired at a mall outside Portland, Ore., killing two people and seriously wounding a third before killing himself. Shoppers in Newport Beach said they were on edge.
A YouTube user posted video from the parking lot in which repeated shots can be heard. “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,” the caption said. “My video catches the last two clips he shot and I could finally see him when he shot off the last clip.”
SMH. What is the world coming to?!?!