August 21, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A man who fired dozens of bullets outside an Orange County shopping mall the day after a deadly school shooting in Connecticut has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Mark Gurrola of Garden Grove was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to assault and shooting at an occupied building.
Gurrola, a former security guard, drove to the Fashion Island parking lot in Newport Beach on Dec. 15, 2012. Authorities say he got out and fired 54 rounds from a Glock .40 handgun toward a building.
The gunfire didn't hit anything but it sent panicked shoppers running. A mother and 4-year-old daughter were knocked down and injured.
Gurrola surrendered to arriving police.
The shooting came a day after a gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
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