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4 dead, 6 injured in Calif. mass shooting

Crime scene tape (Dreamstime/TNS)
August 24, 2023

In a chilling episode of violence, gunfire erupted at Cook’s Corner biker bar in Trabuco Canyon, Southern California, on Wednesday evening, resulting in the death of three victims and six injured victims, as well as the death of the shooter.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the death of the three victims and the shooter. The department noted that five of the six injured victims who transported to local hospitals received gunshot wounds.

A popular hangout spot located in Orange County, the Cook’s Corner was hosting its “$8 spaghetti night special,” according to its official Instagram page. A crowd of 30 to 40 patrons was present when the devastating incident took place.

FOX 11 LA reported that the tragic shooting incident unfolded around 7 p.m.

According to FOX 11 LA, the shooter, who has yet to be identified, was believed to have been a retired police officer. However, the specific department with which the suspect might have been previously associated remains uncertain.

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The sheriff’s department rapidly responded to the incident, sending deputies to confront the gunman. Details remain unclear regarding the cause of the shooter’s death—whether it was from deputies’ gunfire or otherwise. The department emphasized that during the deputies’ response to the shooting, none of the deputies suffered any injuries.

California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, through an official statement on X, explained that his team is “closely monitoring the shooting.” The statement also emphasized his coordination efforts with local authorities as further details come to light.

For the safety of the public and to facilitate the ongoing investigation, several nearby roads, including parts of Santiago Canyon Road and El Toro Road, remain closed, with no official word yet on when these routes might reopen.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.