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Who is John Snowling? Shot his estranged soon-to-be ex-wife and several others at Orange County pub

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 25, 2023. 10:35 pm UPDATED: Aug 25, 2023. 10:35 pm

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According to Orange County officials, a divorcing man went to the pub where his wife was eating on Wednesday and shot her before beginning to shoot randomly, killing three people and injuring six others before being shot and killed by police.

John Snowling: Who is he?

Ventura City Police Officer John Snowling is now retired.

At 7 o’clock local time, John Snowling, 59, entered the Cook’s Corner bar in Orange County carrying two weapons. According to Barnes, Snowling and the two women had no argument before shooting his soon-to-be ex-wife and the other woman she was dining with.

He stated that the wife’s friend was taken to the hospital but later died at the scene.

Barnes asserted that Snowling fled to a back parking lot area and started to gather two more weapons after opening fire inside the bar. The shooter allegedly shot a man after he confronted Snowling, according to the sheriff.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived shortly after the shooting began, and when Snowling opened fire on them, they returned fire and killed him, according to Barnes.

The US has experienced at least 465 mass shootings this year, each of which resulted in at least four victims in addition to the shooter, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The nation crossed the 400 mark in July, the first month with such a high number since 2013, according to the organization.

Approximately 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, a small town restaurant and bar has now been added to the growing list of everyday places that gun violence has turned into crime scenes, along with hotels, clothing stores, neighborhoods, and more.

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According to the sheriff, one of the three victims who died was John Leehey, age 67.

Barnes stated that six people were injured by gunfire, including the shooter’s wife. Despite the fact that two of the injured were in critical condition, Tetsuya Takeuchi, the trauma medical director at Providence Mission Hospital, reported that all of the injured had been transported there and were in stable condition. He asserted that one person was subsequently set free. A man shot in the chest and a woman shot in the were previously listed as the two seriously injured patients by the hospital.

As of Thursday, Snowling’s wife was awake and conscious, according to Takeuchi, who also mentioned that one of her two children was present at the hospital.

The couple’s last divorce hearing took place in early August, although Barnes said it isn’t immediately clear what was discussed there. She had no restraining order against her soon-to-be ex-husband at the time. He added that there was no known history of domestic violence.

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