Five people were killed in the shooting and several were injured – including a female police officer. Investigators believe the gunman targeted some of his victims, but his motive remains unclear, Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said.
The gunman – identified as Lyndon James McLeod, 47 – was killed after being shot by a police officer.
McLeod writes in shocking detail in one of his books about a character named “Lyndon Macleod” who dressed in police gear and kills another character named “Michael Swinyard” in a building located at 1300 Williams St.
One of the victims in Monday’s shooting was named Michael Swinyard, according to the Denver County Medical Examiner’s office. Police say he was killed at the same address.
In another book, McLeod writes about a character who kills a woman named Alicia Cardenas. The Denver County Medical Examiner’s office said a woman named Alicia Cardenas was killed.
3 of the gun victims were killed on tattoo parlors, family and police say
Authorities, friends and relatives identified three more victims Wednesday.
Alfredo Cardenas, father of Alicia Cardenas, told KMGH that his daughter was sociable, kind and a “real leader in the community.”
Two other Sol Tribe employees were shot during the vandalism Monday night, the father told the subsidiary.
An assistant chief from Sol Tribe, Alyssa Gunn Maldonado, was killed and her husband, James Maldonado, has been hospitalized after being injured in the shootings, a friend and a former colleague told CNN. James Maldonado was a piercer at the tattoo studio.
Swinyard, 67, was killed in Denver, according to the city / county doctor. Police Command. Matt Clark previously mentioned a victim who was killed in his home near the Cheesman Park area east of downtown Denver, and the address listed in the forensic pathologist’s press release is one block north of the park.
Police also identified two other victims in the Lakewood suburb: Danny Scofield, 38, who was fatally shot at Lucky 13 Tattoo, and Sarah Steck, 28, who was killed while working at the Hyatt House hotel.
The motive behind the shooting is still unclear
Denver police investigated McLeod in 2020 and early 2021, but no charges were ever filed, Chief Pazen said Tuesday.
“This person was on the radar of law enforcement,” he said without elaborating.
It appears that McLeod had an affiliation with the local tattoo community through his previous affiliation with a now-closed studio, though it is also unclear whether the shooting is related to McLeod’s previous business associates.
A tattoo parlor in Denver that lists McLeod as its “registered agent,” according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, was incorporated in 2005 and became a “criminal for failure to file a periodic report” in 2017. CNN has contacted the Denver Police Department for comment.
The site of the former business – just south of Denver Health Medical Center, where one of Monday’s shootings took place – is now occupied by a tattoo parlor with a different name. Another incident was reported at that intersection, Pazen said.
“We believe a gun was fired. However, we have no damage at that location,” the boss said.
The shooting range included a car chase and gun battle
McLeod allegedly opened fire on several locations around Denver before traveling to Lakewood, about 8 miles west of downtown Denver, Pazen said.
The shooting began just after noon. Sol Tribe is located on Broadway.
The wounded man was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition Tuesday but is expected to survive, said Clark, Denver police chief.
Authorities then received a call about a burglary in which the suspect, Clark said, broke into a building and shot at people. They escaped unharmed. Several blocks away, the gunman killed the man in his home near Cheesman Park, Clark said.
Shots were also fired near the emergency room at Denver Health Medical Center, but no injuries were reported, Pazen said.
Denver police identified a black Ford associated with the incident and chased, leading to a gun battle, the chief said.
“We believe the person, after disabling the police car, fled into Lakewood,” he said.
Authorities received a report of shots fired at Lucky 13 Tattoo just before 6 p.m., Lakewood police spokesman John Romero said. Scofield was pronounced dead at the scene.
The gunman made his way to the Hyatt House Hotel in a mall a few miles away, where he allegedly shot Steck, who died later, police said Tuesday.
A Lakewood officer eventually confronted McLeod in a shopping area near the hotel and exchanged shots, police said. The officer was hit once but was able to shoot McLeod and kill him, police said.
The officer is expected to recover, Romero said.
CNN’s Ashley Killough, Omar Jimenez, Eric Levenson, Amir Vera, Caroll Alvarado and Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report.