A devastating incident unfolded at Cook’s Corner, a well-known bar in Orange County, resulting in four fatalities, including the presumed retired police officer believed to be the assailant, and leaving six individuals wounded on Wednesday evening. The shooting occurred during a spaghetti night at the popular biker hangout, with approximately 30 to 40 patrons present at the time of the attack.
Law enforcement authorities were quick to respond, surrounding the bar in Trabuco Canyon where the chaos had erupted. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department reported that in addition to the three fatalities, the suspected gunman had also succumbed to the incident. Although deputies engaged the shooter, it remains uncertain whether he was brought down by their gunfire.
The aftermath saw six individuals transported to a hospital, as shared by the OC Sheriff on social media. Among them, two victims were listed in critical condition, while the remaining four were deemed “stable.”
The investigation is actively underway to establish the gunman’s identity and confirm his status as a former law enforcement officer. His affiliation with any specific department remains unknown.
Roadways in proximity to the scene were shut down during the inquiry, including Santiago Canyon Road, south of Crystal Canyon Road; El Toro Road, north of Ridgeline Road; and Live Oak Canyon, east of El Toro and Santiago Canyon Road. These closures persisted into Thursday, with no specified time for reopening as officials continued to piece together the details surrounding this tragic event.