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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

3 of victims in Denver-area shooting spree killed at tattoo parlor, say family and police

One of the victims killed, 44-year-old Alicia Cardenas, is the owner of Soul Tribe Tattoo & Piercing, her father, Alfredo Cardenas, told CNN affiliate KMGH. Along with his only daughter – whom he described as friendly, friendly and “a real leader in the community” – two other Soul Tribe employees were shot during Monday night’s stampede, the father told aide.

Alyssa Gunn Maldonado, a Seoul tribe assistant manager, was also killed, and her husband, James Maldonado, was hospitalized after being wounded in the shootout, a friend and a former colleague told CNN. James Maldonado had a piercing at the tattoo studio.

Another victim, 67-year-old Michael Swinard, was killed in Denver, according to the City/County Medical Examiner. Police CMD. Matt Clark previously mentioned a victim who was killed at his home near the Cheesman Park area east of downtown Denver, and the address listed in the medical examiner’s news release is one block north of the park.

Police also identified two other victims in the suburb of Lakewood: 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. .

A Lakewood officer eventually confronted the suspect, whom police identified as Lyndon James McLeod, 47, in a shopping area near the hotel and exchanged gunfire, police said. The officer was killed once, but was able to prepare himself and shoot McLeod, police said.

Lakewood Police spokesman John Romero said the officer was expected to recover.

Four or more people have been killed or injured in more than 675 shootings in the United States this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

motive unclear

Denver police investigated McLeod in 2020 and early 2021 but charges were never filed, Denver Police Chief Paul Pazzen said Tuesday.

“This person was on the radar of law enforcement,” he said without elaborating.

Investigators believe McLeod targeted some of his victims, but his motive is unclear, the chief said.

It appears that McLeod had some connection to the local tattoo community, through his previous association with the now-closed studio, although it is also unclear whether the shooting was in any way related to McLeod’s previous business relationships. Yes or No.

Police stand outside the Lakewood, Colorado, shopping center where the suspected gunman was killed.

A Denver tattoo parlor, which listed McLeod as its “registered agent,” was incorporated in 2005 and became a “criminal for failure to file periodic reports” in 2017, according to the Colorado Secretary of State Office. CNN has contacted the Denver Police Department. Comment.

The site of the former business — just south of Denver Health Medical Center, where one of Monday night’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 not received any injuries at that particular location,” the chief said on Monday.

a car chase and shootout

McLeod reportedly opened fire at several locations around Denver before traveling to Lakewood on Monday, about 8 miles west of downtown Denver, Pazen said.

The shooting began just after 5 p.m. when a gunman killed two women and wounded a man in the busy South Broadway area of ​​Denver. Although police have not identified the victims in the first shooting, Soul Tribe is located on Broadway.

Denver Police Commander Clark said the injured man was taken to hospital and was in critical condition Tuesday, but is expected to survive.

Officers then received a call about a burglary where, Clark said, the suspect broke into a building and shot people. They survived safely. Several blocks away, the gunman killed the man in his home near Cheeseman Park, Clark said.

Police are investigating the shooting that killed five people in the Denver metro area.

Pazen said shots were also fired near the emergency department at Denver Health Medical Center, but there were no casualties.

Denver police identified and pursued a black Ford linked to the incident, leading to a shootout, the chief said.

“We believe that the person, after disabling the police car, fled to Lakewood,” he said.

Officers received reports of shots fired at Lucky 13 Tattoo Lakewood Police spokesman Romero said just before 6 p.m. Scofield was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Tuesday that the gunman went to the Hyatt House hotel in a shopping center a few miles away, where he allegedly shot Steak, who later died. Police said the commotion stopped after a Lakewood officer killed McLeod in a shopping area near the hotel.

CNN’s Ashley Kilo, Omar Jimenez, Eric Levenson, Amir Vera, Carol Alvarado and Sean Nottingham contributed to this report.


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