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Three people shot dead by gunman in California biker bar shooting

Cook's Corner, a biker bar in rural Trabuco Canyon (AP)
Cook's Corner, a biker bar in rural Trabuco Canyon (AP)

Three people were killed and five others wounded in a shooting last night in a Califorina biker bar.

Orange County deputies shot dead the gunman shortly after arriving at the scene at the Cook’s Corner bar in Trabuco Canyon.

The gunman was allegedly targeting his wife in the attack, three law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News.

Deputies were on scene two minutes after the first report of at roughly 7pm local time. and quickly engaged in gunfire with the shooter, Orange County Sheriff’s Sgt Frank Gonzalez said.

The gunman was a retired police officer with the Ventura Police Department.

Four people, including the shooter, were pronounced dead on scene.

Six others were taken to the hospital, five of them with gunshot wounds, the sheriff's department posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Two were in critical condition, Providence Mission Hospital, a trauma center in Mission Viejo, said in a statement.

Hours before the shooting, several patrons were stopping by Cook's Corner for an afternoon drink and meal.

Rows of motorcycles and bikes framed the gravel entrance where plaques describe the storied history of the bar.

The bar calls itself the oldest motorcycle bar in Southern California, and it's become known as a community gathering spot for a wide range of people. It hosts a regular Wednesday spaghetti night and band.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was monitoring the shooting "and coordinating with local officials as more details become available," his office tweeted.