NEWPORT BEACH (KTLA) — Investigators are still trying to determine a motive in the shooting at Fashion Island, while relative say the suspect may not be mentally stable.
42-year-old Marcos Gurrola remains behind bars after being arrested on Saturday, shortly after he allegedly fired off 50 rounds into the air in a parking lot near Macy’s.
Fortunately, no one was hit by a bullet during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.
Gurrola’s family finds it hard to believe what he’s been accused of, but they say he seemed “out of it” only two days before the shooting at his grandmother’s wake.
“The last time I saw him was at my grandma’s wake on Thursday,” said cousin Jacob Avalos. “He was like totally different. He didn’t look like himself.”
Asked how Gurrola has changed over the years, Avalos replied: “He’s just like not in his head, like not all there.”
Avalos said that Gurrola, who was in the Navy, never seemed the to be the same when he returned from war.
He confirmed that his cousin, who is form Garden Grove, was living out of his car. And although Gurrola was a licensed security guard, Avalos said he didn’t think he was working anywhere.
Investigators believe he was frustrated because of personal problems when he opened fire.
Newport Beach Police Chief David McGill told the Los Angeles Times that the gunman was “unhappy about a lot in life and decided this was his best way of releasing his tension.”
Police recovered a handgun and ammunition at the scene. Gurrola is facing charges of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and is being held on $250,000 bail.