In a shocking incident that took place on Wednesday night, a former police officer opened fire at a biker bar in Trabuco Canyon, killing three people and injuring six others. The gunman, identified as retired sergeant John Snowling from the Ventura Police Department, was specifically targeting his estranged wife, who frequented the bar. Law enforcement officials arrived quickly on the scene after receiving a 911 call, and several deputies opened fire at the gunman, resulting in his death. Snowling’s estranged wife survived the shooting and is currently hospitalized.
The shooting occurred during the bar’s popular “$8 Spaghetti Night.” One of the regular patrons, Geoffrey Kagy, received distressing text messages from his girlfriend, Jacqueline Bass, who was at the bar during the incident. She informed Kagy that a gunman had opened fire, and she was running for her life. The initial 911 caller reported six gunshots, and responding deputies were able to locate and pin down the retired police officer near a silver truck. Orange County Undersheriff Jeff Hallock expressed the community’s grief, highlighting that Cook’s Corner, the bar where the incident occurred, holds a special place in the hearts of Trabuco Canyon residents.
Local officials and residents were deeply saddened by the tragic event, once again highlighting the need for stronger measures to prevent gun violence. State Senator Dave Min expressed heartbreak over yet another mass shooting, while Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley emphasized the urgency to protect survivors and prevent senseless acts of violence. Cook’s Corner holds a rich history, having been established in 1931 as a roadside hamburger joint, eventually transforming into a popular biker hangout in the 1970s.
Overall, this shocking incident at Cook’s Corner has left the community devastated, calling for action to prevent such senseless acts of gun violence and ensure the safety of its residents. The gunman’s targeting of his estranged wife in a crowded bar highlights the urgency to address domestic disputes more effectively. The tragedy has brought renewed attention to the need for gun control measures and support for survivors. Cook’s Corner, a beloved and historic establishment, will forever be marked by this devastating event.