At least five people, including the suspect, died and two people were injured in a string of shootings across the Denver area on Dec. 27 night, police said.
In a press conference on Dec. 28, police said that the gunman, identified as 47-year-old Lyndon Mcleod, allegedly went on a “killing spree” across at least four locations.
Mcleod is among the dead after exchanging fire with a Lakewood police officer, who was shot but is in stable condition.
Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said that police had investigated Mcleod in the middle of 2020 and in early 2021 but did not file any charges.
Pazen declined to elaborate on the previous investigations because “it would not be responsible for us to share those details now,” but added that they “will be part of this ongoing investigation into this violent crime spree.”
Multiple law enforcement sources confirmed to ABC News that Mcleod had extremist views and had a history of psychiatric episodes.
Denver Police Commander Matt Clark said that Mcleod appeared to have targeted specific people because he had a business or personal relationship with the victims.
Police identified the victims who died as Alicia Cardenas, Danny Scofield, and Sarah Steck.
Cardenas was the owner of Denver tattoo shop Sol Tribe near an intersection where Mcleod first began shooting.
Mcleod later entered Lucky 13 tattoo parlor in Lakewood where he killed Scofield.
Then, Mcleod went to a Hyatt Place hotel and shot Steck, who was working as a clerk.
According to a verified GoFundMe page, Sol Tribe tattoo artist Alyssa Gunn-Maldonado was also among the victims who died while her husband and Sol Tribe piercer, Jimmy Maldonado, was wounded.
Pazen said that it was too early in the investigation to release a motive for the shooting.
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