In a tragic incident at a historic biker bar in Trabuco Canyon, four people, including the suspect, were killed and six others were hospitalized after a shooter opened fire. The shooting took place at Cook’s Corner on Santiago Canyon Road. Authorities received 911 calls at 7:04 p.m. and arrived at the scene shortly after. Deputies engaged with the gunman at 7:08 p.m. and ultimately shot and killed him. Witnesses reported that the gunfire began in the picnic area, with a brief pause before an increased volley of fire. The shooter has been identified as a retired sergeant from the Ventura Police Department who allegedly started the incident as a domestic dispute.
According to Michele Gile, who spoke to a witness, one man hid in a kitchen with a cook who had been shot in the arm. They armed themselves with a frying pan and waited until it was safe to come out. The witness also recounted a pregnant woman’s encounter with the gunman, where she pleaded not to be shot and was able to safely escape. Six people were hospitalized, with at least five suffering from gunshot wounds. Two individuals are in critical condition, while the other four are in stable condition. Governor Newsom is monitoring the situation, and the FBI will assist in the investigation.
Cook’s Corner, a legendary landmark, was hosting a spaghetti night event with live music at the time of the shooting. The exact number of people present during the incident is unknown. Law enforcement will continue to remain at the scene, and a command center has been set up at Saddleback Church. This is an ongoing story, and updates will follow as more details emerge.