The Enterprise Report has learned that the gunman involved in the shooting last night in Newport Beach, CA at the Fashion Island shopping center had a permit to carry a weapon and was a licensed state security guard/patrol person.
Mark Gurrola, 42 seen above in his booking photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department was also licensed to carry a police baton records indicate.
Gurrola was first issued the permit to carry a weapon in 1994 according to state records. The permit was "cancelled" for unknown reasons.
Why Gurrola opened fire last night is still under investigation by authorities. For The Enterprise Report's previous reporting on this story click here
A lone gunman opened fire in the parking lot of an upscale Newport Beach, California shopping center just after 4:30PM Saturday. According to Newport Beach police over 50 rounds were fired from a small caliber handgun before police officers, already on patrol at the shopping center, were able to locate and take the suspect into custody without further incident.
According to Newport Beach Deputy Police Chief David Mcgill, the suspected shooter, Marcos Sarinana Gurrola, 42 did not resist and was not armed or when officers approached him after being alerted to shots being fired in a parking lot adjacent to a Macy's Deparment Store. Large numbers of holiday shoppers were at the location and numerous calls to 911 flooded in from the public as the incident unfolded.
A video, posted on YouTube caught shooting as it happened. The poster claims he was taking packages out to his car in the parking lot when he heard gunshots and turned on his cellphone and began recording.
The poster of the video Patrick Wyrick, of Lake Forest, CA, provided this detailed eyewitness account of what he said he saw happened as his camera captured the sounds and a glimpse of the shooter:
"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."
As police responded to the shooter, people both in the parking lot and inside the adjacent Macy's store and throughout the shopping center sought to escape and fled as confusion and fear spread.
The Enterprise Report spoke to a woman working at a small kiosk selling hats just outside an extrance to the Macy's store about what she witnessed happening as people rushed from the store trying to get away from twhere the shooting was coming from.
The woman, "Sophia", who didn't want her full name used spoke to to The Enterprise Report on tape exclusively. Listen to her audio interview as she describes what happend in the moments as the incident unfolded. She says she ended up running away from the store and finding shelter at another store where employees locked the doors trying to shield freightened shoppers from any potential threat. The woman also says she spoke directly to a woman who came face to face with the alledged shooter.
Take a listen to her chilling account:
Newport Beach pollce spokesman Kathy Lowe said Gurrola is currently being held on assault with a deadly weapon charges. Other charges may pending. Gurrola was booked into the Orange County Men's Central Jail. His bail is set at 250,000 according to jail information reviewed for this report.
By Eric Longabardi
The Enterprise Report has exclusively obtained a mug shot of Steven Charles White of Costa Mesa, CA. The photo was taken earlier this year by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
White is a city of Costa Mesa Maintenance Supervisor at the center of an on-going Costa Mesa Police Department investigation into campaign sign vandalism in a contentious political battle in the 2012 election in the city of Costa Mesa.
This picture of White (above) was taken in relation to a domestic violence case that White was involved in earlier this year, according to court records.
White ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of "resisting arrest" according to Orange County Superior Court records reviewed for this story. White was also sentenced to 3 years probation, 4 days in Jail, 8 hours of community service and required to enroll in a "batterers treatment program" according to court records.
In the current campaign sign vandalism case, White, according to Costa Mesa Police Department spokesman Lt. Tim Schennum has had a case against him presented to the Orange County District Attorney for possible prosecution. No charges have yet been filed as of publication of this story.
... "Mr. White is suspected in the case involving vandalism of campaign signs. That case has been presented to the Orange County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of charges being filed."
The Enterprise Report sought the release of Mr. White's Orange County Sheriff's Department jail booking shot, but the photo, a public record of the County of Orange under the law, was denied release by the Orange County Sherrif's Department based soley on a request by the Costa Mesa Police Department to keep it from becoming public.
Lt. Schennum told the Enterprise Report that .. "A release of a photo of Mr. White, albeit from a prior arrest, could unfairly prejudice any future witness identification and potentially jeopardize a criminal prosecution. Until such time as the Orange County District Attorney's Office makes a determination in this case, it is considered an active investigation and a photo of Mr. White will not be released by the Costa Mesa Police Department" ...
The mug shot photo was independently, properly and legally released to The Enterprise Report elsewhere.
It should be noted for readers of this story that at no time did this news outlet seek the release of the photo directly from the Costa Mesa Police Department. It only sought the photo's release via the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The photo is a public record of Orange County, not the city of Costa Mesa or it's Police Department. The photo we believe is a public record and it was released based on that fact.
Mug shot booking photos are routinely released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, especially in cases like this, where the photo is historical and the case has been adjudicated. (as in this case)
Despite the Costa Mesa Police Department's attempts to thwart the release of this booking photo of White, White can be seen above in a 2011 video hosted and still available on the city of Costa Mesa's publicly available web site. At the time he was expressing his disagreement with plans to outsource city jobs to private contractors.
The Enterprise Report attempted to reach Steven White prior to publication of this story for comment. We were unsuccessful. Two telephone numbers associated with him, one listed on his California State contractor's license, were either not working, or gave out a mesage stating "the number you are calling is not taking calls at this time".