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

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

Few details were immediately available. But authorities had a large presence at Cook’s Corner on Santiago Canyon Road.

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

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 at least some fatalities. There is no longer an active threat, the source said.

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

Cook’s Corner was named after Andrew Jackson Cook, who got about 190 acres of Aliso Canyon in a land trade in 1884, according to a Times story. His son, Earl Jack “E.J.” Cook, opened a roadside hamburger joint in 1931. Soon after Prohibition ended in 1933, alcohol was added to the menu, and Cook’s Corner became a full-fledged bar. In 1946, Cook bought an old mess hall from the Santa Ana Army Air Base, hauled it up El Toro Road, and the tavern was born.

Motorcycle riders discovered the place in the 1970s, and it has been a popular spot for decades.

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