December 18, 2012 in Nation/World

Man charged with firing shots outside Calif mall

Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man charged with firing 54 shots outside a Southern California mall has been linked to a similar shooting at the same mall in 2011.

Marcos Sarinana Gurrola was charged Tuesday with 54 counts of discharging a gun in public and two counts of assault for injuries suffered by a mother and her 4-year-old daughter who were knocked down as they fled Saturday’s gunfire, which hit no one.

Prosecutors say police have linked the 42-year-old unemployed security guard to a similar shooting in 2011 at the Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach.

In that incident, someone fired 10 shots into the parking lot but no suspects were identified at the time.

The investigation into Saturday’s shooting also led prosecutors to charge Gurrola with 10 counts in the 2011 incident.

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