Denver, Lakewood shooting spree:

Denver and Lakewood police are scheduled to provide updates on the investigation into a gunman’s Monday evening rampage across the two cities during which he killed four people and wounded three others, including a Lakewood police agent.

Denver and Lakewood police announced they will hold a news conference at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. Police had not publicly identified the suspect, a motive or any of the victims as of Tuesday morning.

The unidentified gunman, who died during a confrontation with police, opened fire in at least six different locations across the two cities before dying in an exchange of gunfire with Lakewood police agents in the busy Belmar shopping district, police said at a news conference Monday evening. Investigations continued Tuesday morning into the cascade of violence, which Denver police Chief Paul Pazen called a killing spree.

Pazen and Lakewood police spokesman John Romero explained how the events unfolded at the Monday news conference:

  • About 5 p.m., the suspect shot and killed two women and wounded a man near the intersection of East First Avenue and Broadway.
  • A short time later, the suspect shot and killed a man in the area of East 12th Avenue and Williams Street in Denver’s Cheesman Park neighborhood.
  • The suspect fired shots near the intersection of West Sixth Avenue and Cherokee Street. No one is believed to have been injured in this shooting near the Denver Health hospital campus.
  • Denver police spotted what they believed to be the suspect’s vehicle near Eighth Avenue and Zuni Street and tried to pull him over. The suspect exchanged gunfire with officers and a Denver police vehicle was disabled.
  • The suspect then drove into Lakewood and shot and killed a person in the 1500 block of Kipling Street near the intersection of Kipling and West Colfax Avenue.
  • Lakewood police tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle near the Belmar district. The suspect exchanged gunfire with police before escaping on foot.
  • The suspect then shot and injured a clerk at the Hyatt hotel near the corner of South Vance Street and West Alaska Drive.
  • A Lakewood police agent confronted the suspect, who shot the agent. The suspect then exchanged gunfire with Lakewood police agents before he died of a gunshot wound.

It’s unclear whether the suspect was killed by Lakewood police agents, Romero said Monday night. The Lakewood police agent shot by the suspect required emergency surgery.

Police officials did not disclose the suspect’s motive for the shooting Monday night.

“We need to really dig and find out what the motivation behind this was,” Pazen said at the Monday news conference.

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