A shooting at a popular biker bar in Southern California’s Orange County has left four people dead, including the gunman, and six others injured. The incident took place at the historic Cook’s Corner bar in the Trabuco Canyon community. Law enforcement authorities swiftly responded to the scene, where they confronted the gunman and fatally shot him.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Undersheriff Jeff Hallock confirmed that the gunman was killed by multiple deputies shortly after their arrival. The three other individuals who were fatally shot were pronounced dead at the bar. The authorities recovered at least one weapon at the scene.
Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy provided an update on the injured, stating that five of the six hospitalized victims had sustained gunshot wounds, with two in critical condition and the others in stable condition. Fortunately, no deputies were harmed during the incident.
The shooting occurred at approximately 7 p.m. local time at Cook’s Corner. The circumstances leading up to the incident are still under investigation, although there are indications of a potential domestic dispute. Witnesses reported hearing gunfire in the background during emergency calls made to dispatchers. One survivor recounted how he and a cook barricaded themselves in the kitchen, armed with a frying pan, until it was safe to come out. Another witness mentioned that the gunman allowed a pregnant woman to escape unharmed after she pleaded with him.
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley expressed her heartbreak over the senseless mass shooting, emphasizing that it occurred in their own backyard. Cook’s Corner, known as a legendary landmark, is considered the heart of the Orange County riding community.
Wendy Koro, Operations Manager for Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, dispelled misconceptions about the bar, stating that it is not a rough and tumble place but rather a gathering spot for decent people. The venue has weathered various challenges throughout its history, including earthquakes, fires, and economic downturns.
Law enforcement authorities are actively investigating the shooting. While initial reports suggest a possible domestic dispute, it is too early to confirm these details. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is working to gather more information and determine the motive behind the tragic incident.