As many as 10 shot, several dead, at famed Cook’s Corner biker bar in Orange County

As many as 10 people were shot, some fatally, Wednesday night at a landmark biker bar in Trabuco Canyon, law enforcement sources said.

Authorities descended on Cook’s Corner on Santiago Canyon Road after the shooting was reported around 7:30 p.m.

Two sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the gunman was a retired law enforcement officer.

Scene of multiple shooting at Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (

Sources said the gunman was targeting his estranged wife. It is unclear whether the shooter followed her to the location before opening fire on the crowd, they said.

Authorities were still trying to determine the number of people shot, but there are up to five fatalities. There is no longer an active threat, the source said.

A longtime motorcycle hangout, Cook’s Corner sits at the juncture of El Toro, Santiago Canyon and Live Oak Canyon roads, near O’Neill Regional Park.

M Street — a five-piece Orange County rock band — was scheduled to perform at the bar Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., according to the venue’s online calendar.

The band posted a video to their Instagram page earlier Wednesday evening showing their instruments set up on a small stage in the still empty-looking wood-paneled



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