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Colorado Shooting Spree Gunman Targeted Some Victims

Lyndon James McLeod, 47, a gunman who went on a shooting rampage in several locations around the Denver area, killing five people and wounding two, targeted most of his victims based on previous personal and business dealings, the Associated Press reports. McLeod was killed Monday night after he shot a police officer who confronted him in a busy shopping district in Denver's Lakewood suburb. Matt Clark, commander of the Denver Police Department’s Major Crimes Division, said the gunman knew most of his victims but not the last person he shot — a hotel clerk. Sarah Steck, 28, who died of her injuries Tuesday, was apparently targeted because of a dispute with the hotel, not with her. Four of the victims, including three who died, were shot at two tattoo shops.


Family members identified one of the other victims Tuesday as Alicia Cardenas, 44, the owner of the Sol Tribe tattoo shop, where the first shooting happened. Alfredo Cardenas said his only daughter owned her first tattoo shop when she was 19 and had worked in the current location in Denver for 15 to 20 years. Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said McLeod was on the radar of law enforcement and had been investigated in both 2020 and 2021. He declined to disclose the subject of the investigation, but no charges were filed.


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