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Police identify 47-year-old man who killed 5 people, injured 2 others in Lakewood, Denver shooting spree

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The 47-year-old man who shot and killed five people and injured two others during an hour-long killing spree across Denver and Lakewood was previously under investigation by law enforcement, police said at a news conference Tuesday.

Police identified the shooter as Lyndon McLeod, 47, and said he knew many of the people he targeted. McLeod had previously been investigated by law enforcement in 2020 and 2021 but the investigations did not lead to state or federal charges, Denver police Chief Paul Pazen said.

“This individual was on the radar of law enforcement,” Pazen said.

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McLeod, who died after being shot by a Lakewood police agent, opened fire in at least six different locations across the two cities before dying in an exchange of gunfire with Lakewood police agents in the busy Belmar shopping district, police said at a news conference Monday evening.

Investigations continued Tuesday morning into the cascade of violence, which Pazen called a killing spree.

Pazen and Lakewood police spokesman John Romero explained how the events unfolded at the Monday news conference:

At about 5 p.m., the suspect shot and killed two women and wounded a man near the intersection of East First Avenue and Broadway.

A short time later, the suspect shot and killed a man in the area of East 12th Avenue and Williams Street in Denver’s Cheesman Park neighborhood.

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The suspect fired shots near the intersection of West Sixth Avenue and Cherokee Street. No one is believed to have been injured in this shooting near the Denver Health hospital campus.

Denver police spotted what they believed to be the suspect’s vehicle near Eighth Avenue and Zuni Street and tried to pull him over. The suspect exchanged gunfire with officers and a Denver police vehicle was disabled.

The suspect then drove into Lakewood and shot and killed a person in the 1500 block of Kipling Street near the intersection of Kipling and West Colfax Avenue.

Lakewood police tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle near the Belmar district. The suspect exchanged gunfire with police before escaping on foot.

The suspect then shot and injured a clerk at the Hyatt hotel near the corner of South Vance Street and West Alaska Drive.

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A Lakewood police agent confronted the suspect, who shot the agent. The suspect then exchanged gunfire with Lakewood police agents before he died of a gunshot wound.

It’s unclear whether the suspect was killed by Lakewood police agents, Romero said Monday night. The Lakewood police agent shot by the suspect required emergency surgery.

Police officials did not disclose the suspect’s motive for the shooting Tuesday, but said McLeod knew many of his victims.

Six people were killed in the shooting, including the suspect. Among the victims are:

Alicia Cardenas, owner of Denver’s Sol Tribe Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing, whose death was confirmed by her family Tuesday morning. Cardenas was 44 years old and a loving mother to a 12-year-old, said stepmother Carol King.

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Danny “Dano” Scofield, 38, was a tattoo artist who was killed in Lakewood. Friends and family described him as genuine, hilarious, ambitious, versatile, selfless and artistic. He is survived by two daughters and a son.

Police have yet to release any more information about the other people killed in the shootings.



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