Shooting spree in Denver, Lakewood: What we know about the suspect, victims

The Denver Police Department and Lakewood Police Department responded to a shooting spree that spanned across the two cities on Monday night. This file will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.

Where was the shooting?

The shooting spree started in Denver’s South Broadway neighborhood and ended at Lakewood’s Belmar shopping district with several incidents in between.

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen and Lakewood Police Department spokesman John Romero laid out the following summary of events, which they said began about 5 p.m. Monday:

  • 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.
  • The suspect fired shots near the intersection of West Sixth Avenue and Cherokee Street, near the Denver Health hospital campus. No one is believed to have been injured.
  • Denver police spotted what they believed to be the suspect’s vehicle near West Eighth Avenue and Zuni Street and tried to pull him over. The suspect exchanged gunfire with officers and a Denver police vehicle was disabled.
  • Police believe the suspect then drove to Lakewood, where they received reports of a shooting inside a business in the 1500 block of Kipling Street, near the intersection with West Colfax Avenue. The victim died.
  • Lakewood police spotted the suspect’s vehicle near the Belmar shopping district and tried to make a stop. The suspect fired at officers, who shot back.
  • The suspect eluded police and then fled on foot, entering two businesses, including the Hyatt hotel near the corner of South Vance Street and West Alaska Drive, where he shot a clerk. The extent of that person’s injuries was not immediately available.
  • Shortly after that, the suspect encountered a Lakewood officer and shot the officer. An exchange of gunfire with officers continued, and the suspect was shot and killed, though Romero could not say whether the suspect was killed by a Lakewood police officer.

The injured Lakewood officer was in surgery during Monday night’s news conference.

How many are dead? And who are the victims?

Five people are dead, including the suspect, police said Monday night.

No identities for the suspect or victims have been released as of Tuesday morning.

How many are wounded?

Three people were also reported injured. This includes a Lakewood police officer who went into surgery on Monday night. No updates on the officer’s condition have been released.

Who is the suspect?

Police have yet to release any suspect information.

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