Updated Aug 24, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Suspect among 4 dead in California biker bar shooting, police say

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A mass shooting at a biker bar in Trabuco Canyon, Southern California, on Wednesday night has left at least four people dead and six others hospitalized with injuries, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said.

Details: The suspect was among those killed and five of those hospitalized had gunshot wounds following the shooting that occurred about 7pm at Cook's Corner, per a statement from the sheriff's department.

  • An "officer-involved shooting occurred during the incident," it said. "No deputies injured."
  • Providence Mission Hospital said in a statement to media that two of those injured in the shooting were in critical condition and the four others were stable.
  • Orange County Undersheriff Jeff Hallock said the shooter is believed to have been a retired law enforcement officer.

What they're saying: Orange County supervisor Katrina Foley said in a statement it's "disturbing to learn" that it's believed the suspect "killed his wife or ex wife" during an argument.

  • "Another domestic dispute led to another mass shooting," she added. "We must do more to prevent senseless acts of gun violence and protect survivors."
  • California Democratic state Sen. Dave Min said in a statement: "I'm devastated by the news of yet another mass shooting tonight, this time at Cook's Corner, a historic bar in the heart of Orange County."

Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office said in a statement they're "monitoring the shooting in Orange County and are coordinating with local officials as more details become available."

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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