A shooting at Cook’s Corner biker bar in Oragne, California, left 4 dead and 6 wounded; incident involved a retired police officer

A mass shooting occurred at the iconic Cook’s Corner biker bar in Trabuco Canyon in Oragane County, Oragane County, which resulted in the loss of 4 lives and left 6 people injured.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department responded to a horrific scene Wednesday night shortly after receiving reports of the incident around 7:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Times reported.

Details about the tragic event are still emerging, however, sources who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that the alleged gunman was a retired Ventura County police officer, the Times gathers.

Authorities confirmed that the fatalities included the shooter himself, bringing the total death toll to four. Six other people were rushed to nearby hospitals, five of whom suffered gunshot wounds.

Media reports cited above suggest that the gunman may have been targeting his ex-wife, raising questions about the motive behind the heartbreaking attack. Investigations are ongoing to determine whether the shooter had followed his ex-wife to the location before unleashing a hail of gunfire into the crowd.

Cook’s Corner, a long-established establishment prized among motorcycle enthusiasts, is located at the convergence of El Toro, Santiago Canyon and Live Oak Canyon roads, in close proximity to O’Neill Regional Park. The biker bar has been a fixture in the area, attracting bikers and patrons for years.

The tragedy occurred on a night when M Street, a well-known Orange County rock band, was scheduled to perform at the bar. The venue’s online calendar listed a 6:30 p.m. performance that night, as captured in a video shared on the band’s Instagram page.

Cook’s Corner, named after Andrew Jackson Cook, has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century, La Opinion explains.

Once a burger joint, it evolved into a renowned bar, attracting bikers in the 1970s and becoming a beloved hangout over the decades.

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