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4 Dead, 5 Injured in Shooting at Popular California Biker Bar

Three people were killed and five others were wounded when a gunman – believed to be a retired cop – opened fire inside a popular biker bar in Orange County, California Wednesday night, according to authorities and reports.

The shooter also died after he was shot by deputies who responded to the carnage at Cook’s Corner, a Lake Forest restaurant on Santiago Canyon Road in Trabuco Canyon, according to KCAL News.

It’s unclear if the suspect was killed by the deputies’ bullets or a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The mayhem began shortly after 7 p.m. as a domestic dispute between a retired sergeant from the Ventura Police Department and his wife inside the bar, sources told the news outlet.

He allegedly shot his wife dead, the local outlet reported.

Another seven people, including the cook, were shot as well, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities have not identified the shooter, though KCAL reported, citing sources, that the retired sergeant was believed to be behind the bloodshed.

Four people, including the shooter and his wife, were declared dead on scene.

Six people, including five with gunshot wounds, were hospitalized, authorities said. Two of them were critically injured, while the other four were listed in stable condition.

Deputies shot the gunman outside the bar as he was heading to his truck, apparently to reload, according to a witness.

“He came in, he went back to reload and bring more guns and the cops found him,” the woman told KABC. “I’m glad I didn’t die. He shot four or six at me and missed.”

No deputies were injured during the shooting.

Locals said the historic bar, which opened in 1926, was likely packed at the time of the gunfire as patrons came for its unlimited spaghetti night and a live band.

FBI agents are helping with the investigation.

  • John Gault says:

    I’ve been there. It’s not your stereotypical “biker bar”. It’s full of Orange County yuppie upper-crust Harley riders who just like to hang out and socialize. This sound like a domestic dispute that went way south. Prayers for all the victims.

  • Randy says:

    Cue the attacks on the second amendment…

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