By Anita Bholi for Dailymail.Com and Elena Salvoni for Mailonline
Updated: 23:12 August 26, 2023
- John Snowling shot at a popular biker bar in Orange County, killing four people and injuring six, after a “domestic dispute” with his estranged wife Mary.
- Mary’s father, William Mosby, said his daughter had divorced Snowling, a former law enforcement officer who lived in Camarillo with his wife.
- Betty Froissanti, a friend of Mary’s, was sitting next to her when Snowling launched the attack and said she was lucky to escape the hail of bullets.
Ex-policeman killed three in a California The biker tape who tried to kill his estranged wife was identified as John Snowling.
Snowling, a retired former Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant, opened fire at Cook’s Corner in Orange County late Wednesday, killing three and wounding six, before being shot dead by police.
Witnesses said Snowling, who was first identified KTLAHe went to the bar to confront his wife, Mary, and shot her in the face. Miraculously, she survived.
William Mosby, Mary’s father, recognized John and said the couple had gone through an acrimonious divorce, calling him “crazy”. He has not been officially identified.
The couple had been living in the Camarillo area before their bitter split as Snowling was a former cop with the Ventura Police Department.
“He was a crazy husband, and he just couldn’t handle the divorce,” Mosby said. Orange County Register.
Mary, who survived the shooting, was visiting the famous watering place for spaghetti night when she was shot in her lower jaw.
As the terror set in, Mosby said he could hear police cars speeding through his yard and frantic calls began coming in from friends saying his daughter had been shot.
Mosby was convinced his daughter had been killed after first hearing about the shooting on television, but felt “a huge relief” when he heard that she was alive.
Videos of the chaotic aftermath of the shooting were captured by Betty Froeshante who was sitting next to Mary when a hail of bullets rained down on them.
In one of the videos, Froissanti can be seen filming someone being removed from a bar by the emergency services as she exclaims “Oh my God Mary!”
Froissanti explained that she was shot 4 or 6 times but narrowly missed and posted another video showing a white pickup truck in the parking lot saying it belonged to the shooter.
“This is the truck he came in, he came back to reload and bring more weapons, and the cops found him,” Froicanti said.
Talking to NBC Los AngelesFroissante said she and Mary were sitting near the stage watching a cover band performance shortly after 7 p.m.
“We were sitting there listening to the band and suddenly we heard gunfire behind us. A bunch of gunfire,” said Froicanti.
I thought it was just firecrackers, and she didn’t say anything. People were being shot. People were being shot.
Froicanti said the gunman walked towards them and started shooting at them.
“There were other people who didn’t believe it,” she said.
They were just standing there like me, but many people were running. When I saw people running, I said, Oh my God, I was shot, I didn’t die. I’d better run now before I get killed.’
Froissanti said Mary fell to the ground but it was not clear if she was hit or if she was dodging the bullets.
After the initial shock, Froissante ran to the bathroom to hide with two others when they heard gunshots.
“When we got out, people were on the ground,” the witness said.
“It was more people than people trying to help them holding their wounds. It was terrible.
Law enforcement said the gunman was a former law enforcement officer, but did not confirm that he was Snowling.
The gunman died four minutes after the first report of the shooting reached authorities, who arrived on the scene within two minutes and engaged gunfire with the shooter, Orange County Sheriff Sgt. Frank Gonzalez said.
Orange County Sheriff Jeff Hallock did not provide details about the gunman at a news conference hours after the shooting.
He added that the authorities were still collecting information from the scene and interviewing witnesses.
Four people, including the shooter, were declared dead at the scene.
Six others were taken to hospital. Providence Mission Hospital, a trauma center in Mission Viejo, said in a statement that two of them were in critical condition.
The gunman was a retired sergeant from the Ventura Police Department who began his career in 1984 and retired in February 2014, according to Bloomberg News. CBS News.
According to Mary’s Facebook page, Snowling retired around this time.
Cook’s Corner is located at the corner of El Toro, Santiago Canyon and Live Oak Canyon roads, a short distance from O’Neill Provincial Park, and about 50 miles south of Los Angeles.
Described as one of the most popular biker bars in California.
There was a large police presence at the scene of the shooting throughout Wednesday night. The FBI and ATF are involved in the investigation.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office tweeted: “Incident at Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon. Multiple gunshot victims are believed to be involved. More information to follow.”
California Senator Dave Maine responded to the tragic incident on Twitter.
“I was shocked by the news of yet another mass shooting tonight, this time at the historic Cook’s Corner Tavern in the heart of Orange County,” his statement read. “My team and I are monitoring the incident and will do everything we can to support law enforcement.”
“Our neighborhood is one of the safest in the country, yet we also frequently suffer the ravages of mass shootings.”
“An office complex in Orange, a church in Laguna Woods, a tavern in Trabuco Canyon. No place in America is safe from the ravages of gun violence. No community has not been affected,” he wrote.
“My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the victims. We cannot rest until we end the armed violence in this country.
The shooting is not the first in Orange County in recent years.
A mass shooting took place at a church in Laguna Woods on May 15, 2022. One person was killed and five others were shot.