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29 Dec 2021
8:47 am

Five dead, two wounded in US shooting

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The gunman began shooting in Denver, then traveled to neighbouring Lakewood.

A police officer picks up flares at the Belmar shopping center where authorities say the suspect in a shooting spree that claimed five lives was shot and killed on December 27, 2021 in Lakewood, Colorado. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images/AFP)

The death toll from a shooting spree across multiple locations in Colorado, which ended when the gunman was himself shot dead, has risen to five, police said Tuesday.

The trail of shooting began around 5:00 pm on Monday and unfolded across at least four different locations in the cities of Denver and Lakewood, said police, who had initially put the death toll at four.

Two women were killed and a man was wounded in the first location in Denver, police said, with a another man shot dead outside his residence.

The gunman then traveled to neighbouring Lakewood, where he fatally shot another man in the Lucky 13 tattoo parlour and wounded another individual.

Working off information gathered from the previous assaults, Lakewood officers were able to identify the shooter as he moved locations.

The shooter entered a shopping center where he fatally shot a female employee, police said.

He then encountered a police officer in the shopping center who ordered him to drop his weapon. In the subsequent exchange of fire, the officer was wounded but shot dead the suspect.

The gunman was “pronounced dead on the scene” said Lakewood police spokesman John Romero. He added the police officer was “doing well” but that she would need further surgery. 

The shooter’s motivations were unknown, but police said that “based on what we know, it does appear that the offender was targeting specific people.”

Two weapons were recovered by police.

Gun violence is a huge problem in the United States and gun control advocates say the issue is fuelled by the prevalence of firearms as well as by relatively lax gun laws.