A 22-year-old man who fired a handgun inside and outside a Calimesa home where his child was present pleaded guilty Thursday to discharging a firearm recklessly.

Michael Donovan Mariscal of Banning admitted the felony charge under a plea agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. In exchange for his admission, prosecutors agreed to drop a child endangerment allegation.

Superior Court Judge Jorge Hernandez scheduled an Aug. 3 sentencing hearing at the Banning Justice Center for the defendant, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Judes, Mariscal became enraged for unknown reasons and opened fire inside a residence in the 35000 block of Mesa Grande, near Calimesa Boulevard, about 9 p.m. last Aug. 30. As he was leaving the property, the defendant turned and fired at the exterior of the home, too, according to the sergeant.

No one was injured.

“Michael left the area with his young child prior to deputies arriving,” the sergeant said.

Detectives subsequently confirmed Mariscal was the shooter and that he was on bond after being charged in connection with a separate alleged firearm assault in November 2018, according to Judes. That case remains unresolved.

A day after the shooting in Calimesa, deputies tracked Mariscal to an apartment complex in the 200 block of Westward Boulevard in Banning, where a search warrant was served, and he was taken into custody without incident.

“Evidence linking him to the crime was located,” Judes said then.

Mariscal has no documented prior felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.

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