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Deputies kill suspect after 3 killed, 6 injured in mass shooting at Trabuco Canyon bar

TRABUCO CANYON, Calif. (KABC) -- A gunman who is believed to be a retired law-enforcement officer killed three people and wounded six others at a bar in Orange County and then was fatally shot by sheriff's deputies, officials say.

The mass shooting happened Wednesday evening at Cook's Corner, a well-known and popular biker bar and grill on Santiago Canyon Road in Trabuco Canyon.

Five people were hospitalized with gunshot wounds, and a sixth person was hospitalized with a non-gunshot injury, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Officials with Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo say the facility received and treated six patients in connection with the incident. Two were described as being in critical condition and four were stable.

Sheriff's officials confirmed that deputies were on the scene within two minutes of the first emergency call, and two minutes after that were involved in a shooting that left the suspect dead. No deputies were injured.

The initial call about the shooting at Cook's Corner came in at 7:04 p.m., according to OCSD Sgt. Frank Gonzalez. By 7:06 p.m., deputies had arrived at the bar.

"About 7:08 p.m. our deputies contacted a male subject who was armed with a gun," Gonzalez said. "A deputy-involved shooting occurred and the male subject was pronounced deceased at the scene."

The deceased suspect's name has not been released, but he is believed to be a retired law enforcement officer with a Ventura County agency.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department says it was looking into reports that the suspect shot his wife at the bar but as of an 11 p.m. press conference said it could not confirm those reports.

"This tragic incident weighs heavy on our community and the first responders, and our hearts go out to all those involved," said Chief Brian Fennessy with the Orange County Fire Authority.


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