Coroner releases names of victims killed in Cook's Corner mass shooting

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
Wounded band member recalls Cook's Corner shooting
Bass player Dave Stretch, who was struck by gunfire in the Orange County mass shooting, describes how events unfolded that night.

TRABUCO CANYON, Calif. (KABC) -- The names of all three people who were killed in the Trabuco Canyon mass shooting have now been released.

Tonya Clark, 49, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Glen Sprowl Jr., 53, of Stanton, and John Leehey, 67, of Irvine were all pronounced deceased at the scene of the shooting at Cook's Corner bar in Orange County.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department Coroner Division released the names Friday afternoon after confirming their identities and notifying next of kin.

John Leehey, 67, of Irvine; Tonya Clark, 49, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Glen Sprowl Jr., 53, of Stanton, were killed in the shooting at Cook's Corner in Trabuco Canyon.

The gunman, retired police sergeant John Snowling, was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies who responded to the scene.

Snowling also wounded six people in the shooting, including his estranged wife Marie.

Wounded band member recalls 'horror'

Among the wounded were two members of the band M Street, who were playing on stage at Cook's Corner when Snowling walked in, opening fire with a gun in each hand.

Bass player Dave Stretch was wounded in the hip and is now home recovering. His bandmate was struck in the arm.

Stretch says it was a surreal scene when Snowling walked in and it took the musician some time to comprehend what was happening as he continued to play bass on stage.

Then the horror set in.

And he felt the bullet.

"I'm starting to look at the room and I feel like somebody punches me in the hip," Stretch said. "And I knew exactly at that moment what had happened, like full-on what this was."

There was confusion and terror in the bar. He first ran outside, but at one point heard gunfire out there, so he ran back inside the bar and hid. At one point, he recalled, he picked up a barstool thinking he would attack the shooter if he came back inside.

"This whole thing is like, the whole array of emotions you could possibly feel. From horror to love to appreciation, to respect."

Six people were wounded and three were killed in a shooting at Cook's Corner bar in Trabuco Canyon. Here's an update on the wounded.

Tonya Clark was a female friend who was dining with Marie Snowling at Cook's Corner that night. John Snowling shot his estranged wife first and then took aim at Clark, hitting her once, investigators say. Another victim was a man who confronted the shooter in the parking lot outside the bar.

A prayer vigil for the impacted families was held Friday night at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.

Of the six people who were wounded, two were initially listed in critical condition at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. The hospital did not release names but provided an update Friday afternoon.

Two patients in critical condition: An adult male who was shot in the chest and an adult female - believed to be Marie Snowling - who was stabilized and transferred to UCI Medical Center in Orange.

Four adult male patients in stable condition: Three with minor injuries were treated and later released. One underwent surgery for a bullet wound to the arm and is recovering at home.