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Colorado mass shooting leaves five dead and three injured in Denver

The suspect was eventually shot and killed
28 December 2021, US, Denver: People lay flowers in the memory of the Sol Tribe Tattooing and Piercing shop owner Alicia Cardenas in Denver. At least five people were killed and several injured, including a police officer, after a series of shootings across the Denver area. Photo: Hector Acevedo/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
People lay flowers in the memory of the Sol Tribe Tattooing and Piercing shop owner Alicia Cardenas in Denver. Photo: Hector Acevedo/dpa.

 At least four people are dead, as well as the suspected gunman, after a cross-city shooting spree near Denver late Monday, according to police.

The suspect, who has not been publicly identified, began around 5 pm in central Denver, where he killed two women and shot a man, Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said during a press conference Monday night. He then moved several blocks away and killed a man.

That's when police arrived and traded gunfire with the suspect, according to Pazen.

The suspect fled to Lakewood, about 10 minutes away, and there killed another person at a business around 6 pm.

Officers again found his car and exchanged gunfire and the suspect fled on foot to a nearby Hyatt hotel, where he shot the desk clerk and a responding cop.

The suspect was eventually shot and killed, but Lakewood Police Department spokesman John Romero would not specify if he had been shot by a police officer.

The officer was still in surgery during Monday night's press conference and a spokesperson for the Lakewood Police Department did not immediately return a request for updates from the Daily News Tuesday morning.

'Killing spree'

The condition of the clerk is unknown, as well as the man shot at the first location in Denver.

A spokesperson for the Denver Police Department directed The News to the Denver coroner's office, which did not immediately return a request for comment.

"We believe this individual was responsible for this very violent series of events that took place in the Denver-metro area," Pazen said Monday, referring to it as a "killing spree."

Police have not yet determined a motive.

This marks the 687th mass shooting, identified as four or more people killed or injured, not including the suspect, in the US in 2021, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Colorado mass shooting leaves five dead and three injured in Denver
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