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Five dead, including gunman, in Denver shootings


Downtown Denver on Friday Associated Press/Photo by David Zalubowski, file

Five dead, including gunman, in Denver shootings

A gunman died in Colorado on Monday after engaging in multiple shootings in the Denver area and then exchanging gunfire with police officers, according to authorities there. The shooter killed four people and injured a police officer in the string of attacks.

What happened? Matt Clark, commander of the Denver Police Department’s Major Crimes Division, said the gunman identified as 47-year-old Lyndon James McLeod targeted most of the victims based on previous personal and business dealings. State records showed he once owned a business in Denver called Flat Black Ink Corp. at an address now operating as World Tattoo Studio. McLeod shot four of the victims, including three who died, at two tattoo shops. He targeted one more victim who later died at a hotel where she worked as a clerk because of a dispute with the hotel, Clark added. The shootings spanned more than an hour, beginning in central Denver after 5 p.m. and then continuing in the nearby city of Lakewood. Police pursued and exchanged gunfire several times with the suspect, who was shot and pronounced dead on the scene.

—WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.


Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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