Trabuco Canyon Biker Bar Tragedy: 4 Killed, 6 Hospitalized

Six more people are in the hospital and four more people, including the shooter, are de@d after a gunman opened fire inside a storied biker pub in Trabuco Canyon.

According to deputies, the gunfire began near the 19000 block of Santiago Canyon Road at Cook’s Corner.

Authorities claim that the suspect was shot by deputies. The gunman is de@d, but it’s not known if he or she was ki!!ed by a bullet fired by the deputies or by a self-inflicted wound.

The incident began as a domestic disagreement between the wife and a former police officer.

As the argument grew more heated, at least nine people were shot. The picnic area is when the firing allegedly began, according to witnesses. Before a brief break, the victims first heard about five or six gunfire. Soon after, the shooting picked up the pace with a bigger salvo of shots.

The OCSD claims that at 7:04 p.m., authorities first learned of a shooting near Cook’s Corner and reached there two minutes later. According to Undersheriff Jeff Hallock, the radios of the responding deputies allowed dispatch to hear gunfire.

Gunman Downed at 7:08 p.m.: Six Victims Hospitalized, Two in Critical State

At 7:08 p.m., deputies shot the gunman. At least one weapon was found at the scene.

Six individuals were admitted to hospitals, at least five of them had gunshot wounds, according to deputies. According to Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, medical professionals are caring for two patients who are in critical condition and four others who are in stable condition.

Trabuco Canyon Biker Bar Tragedy: 4 Killed, 6 Hospitalized
Trabuco Canyon Biker Bar Tragedy: 4 Killed, 6 Hospitalized

The shooter was a retired sergeant from the Ventura Police Department based on information from sources. He started his career in 1984 and ended it in 2014.

OC Sheriiff  Tweeted about the deaths :

Safety First: El Toro Road Closed, People Urged to Stay Away from Restricted Area

Not a single deputy was wounded. People are asked not to enter the area, according to the sheriff’s office. For El Toro Road, which ascends to Santiago Canyon and the Cook’s Corner, authorities have issued a SigAlert.

At Saddleback Church, law enforcement has set up a command centre. The FBI will assist with the inquiry as well.

Katrina Foley, the supervisor, wrote on Twitter,  “Heartbroken to hear of another senseless mass shooting, this time in our own backyard.”

“considered to be one of the most famous biker bar & restaurant in Southern California.”  as per the Cook’s Corner website.

“We’ve experienced major earthquakes, forest fires, floods, recessions and other disasters,” the bar wrote on its website. “We’ve gotten through all of them and came out stronger.”

Here is a facebook post about the above statement:

Between 4 and 8 today, the restaurant was offering a spaghetti night special. When the shooter began firing, deputies calculated that there were at least 30–40 persons present inside Cook’s Corner.

Cook’s Corner is a “legendary landmark,” according to Wendy Koro, Operations Manager for Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, and the firm assisted the bar in developing its stage.

The public, in general, might have the wrong impression that this is a rough and tumble place where there is a lot of hard drinking and hard partying and you know, decent people don’t go there,” said Koro. “It really couldn’t be further from the truth.”

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