Los Angeles, CA — A former law enforcement officer opened fire at a beloved California bar popular with bikers on Wednesday night, killing three people and wounding six others, including a deputy. The gunman was also killed. The shooting happened at Cook’s Corner at 19152 Santiago Cyn Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to the bar shortly after 7 p.m. after receiving reports of a shooting. When they arrived, they encountered the gunman, who opened fire on them. A shootout ensued, and the gunman was eventually killed.
Three Victims Fatally Shot, Five Wounded in Bar Shooting
Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, including the gunman. Six others were transported to a hospital, five of whom had gunshot wounds. Two of the injured were in critical condition. The identities of the victims have not been released.
Three law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said the gunman targeted his wife, but it was not clear whether she was among the dead or injured. The sources stressed details were preliminary and did not identify where he previously worked.
Around 30 to 40 witnesses were not injured, Hallock said. Investigators were conducting interviews Wednesday night.
Biker Bar Shooting Incident Under Investigation
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Undersheriff Jeff Hallock said at least one weapon was recovered. He said that investigators were also looking at whether the gunman was a former member of law enforcement but that it was too early to confirm any of that. However, it has been reported that he was a retired sergeant with 30 years of service in the Ventura Police Department.
“We’re working to confirm that, and would expect to have that information maybe tomorrow, if in fact it’s true,” he said.
Community Mourns After Mass Shooting at Historic Bar
The bar is known for its biker atmosphere and has been in business since the 1930s. Cook’s Corner advertises itself as one of the most famous biker bars in Southern California. It opened in 1931 as a roadside hamburger restaurant, later became a bar, and was discovered by bikers in the 1970s.
What to Do If You’re a Victim of a Bar Shooting?
In the wake of the recent bar shooting in California, attorney Laurence Banville spoke with gun violence attorney Bobby Thompson, Esq., about the legal options available to victims of bar shootings. Thompson discussed the challenges that victims face in winning a civil case, as well as the advice he would give to victims who are considering filing a lawsuit.
Laurence Banville: Bobby, thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. I wanted to talk to you about the legal options available to victims of bar shootings.
Bobby Thompson: Of course, Laurence. I’m happy to help.
Laurence Banville: So, what can victims of bar shootings do in terms of a civil case?
Bobby Thompson: Well, there are a few different things they can do.
- First, they can sue the shooter themselves. This is often a difficult case to win, but it’s possible if the shooter can be found liable.
- Second, victims can sue the bar or other establishment where the shooting took place. This is a more common case, and it’s often successful if the bar or establishment was negligent in some way. For example, if the bar didn’t have adequate security or if they served alcohol to the shooter while he was intoxicated.
- Third, victims can sue the gun manufacturer or dealer. This is a more difficult case to win, but it’s possible if the gun manufacturer or dealer was negligent in some way. For example, if they sold the gun to someone who they knew was a prohibited buyer.
Laurence Banville: Those are all good points. What advice would you give to victims of bar shootings who are considering filing a civil case?
Bobby Thompson: I would advise them to speak with an experienced attorney who can help them assess their case and develop a legal strategy. It’s important to remember that every case is different, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer. But with the right legal representation, victims of bar shootings can often recover compensation for their injuries and losses.
Laurence Banville: What compensation is available for victims or their surviving family members after a mass shooting at a bar?
Bobby Thompson: There are a few different types of compensation that may be available.
- First, victims or their survivors may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the shooter. If the shooter is found liable, they may be ordered to pay damages for the victim’s injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
- Second, victims or their survivors may be eligible for compensation from the government. The federal government offers a program called the Crime Victims Fund, which provides financial assistance to victims of violent crime. The state of California also has a victim compensation program.
- Third, victims or their survivors may be able to get compensation from the bar or other establishment where the shooting took place. If the bar or establishment was negligent in some way, they may be held liable for the victim’s injuries.
It is important to note that the availability of compensation will vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Victims or their survivors should speak with an experienced attorney to discuss their legal options.
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