Taft man arrested for shooting man with paintball gun as he drove by

TAFT, Calif. - On July 14 at approximately 11:08 a.m. deputies from the Kern County Sheriff's Office Taft Substation were dispatched to investigate an assault with a deadly weapon incident that occurred at the intersection of Highway 33 and Highway 166 in the city of Maricopa.

While they were en route, deputies learned a 42-year-old Maricopa man was shot in the face several times by a paintball gun.

When they arrived, deputies conducted an investigation and learned that a 32-year-old Taft Heights resident named Mario Gurrola was driving past the victim's vehicle when he shot the victim several times in the face with the paintball gun.

The victim's wife and their two-year-old daughter were in the vehicle with the victim at the time of the shooting.

After the shooting, deputies said the victim followed Gurrola to the Jolly Kone drive-in parking lot in Maricopa.

Deputies said the victim stood in front of Gurrola's vehicle to try and prevent him from leaving before law enforcement arrived.

Deputies said Gurrola then drove forward, striking the victim in the legs before fleeing the scene.

The victim was transported by ambulance to Mercy Southwest Hospital where he was treated for minor to moderate injuries to his legs.

On July 15, deputies located and arrested Gurrola. He was transported and booked into the Taft City Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, felony child endangerment and for making criminal threats.

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