Report: Shooting Spree In Denver Claims Five Lives, Many Others Injured
According to reports out of Denvere, five people have been killed, which includes the shooter, along with several others injured, during a shooting spree that happened in the Denver area on Monday evening.
Two women and a man were injured at the shooting that took place at the first location, with another man being shot to death not long after at 12 Avenue and Williams Street. The shooter then proceeded to murder two other people in cold blood at a third location in the Lakedwood area.
The shooter went into a building that was located in the Belmar Shopping Center in the Lakewood suburb where he shot a store worker. Officers then returned fire, ending the spree by killing the gunman.
One of the people injured during the shooting was a police officer who was hospitalized.
Terrifying night for shoppers as the shooter fled Denver officers to the Belmar Shopping center in Lakewood. The gunman shot at officers and went into a business. He shot a clerk who is now in the hospital and an officer. No word on a motive.
— Jessica Porter (@JessicaDenver7) December 28, 2021
Police confirmed the multiple shootings were by the same individual. A motive has not yet been identified in the incident.
More information on this evening’s active shooter situation in Lakewood. https://t.co/CPhSPaZWsU
— Lakewood Police Dept. (@LakewoodPDCO) December 28, 2021
“We seen [sic] the lady officer just yelled: ‘put your gun down. Put your gun away!’ And we just seen the suspect pull his gun out and, literally, shoot her, in front of us and she was on the floor, she was on the ground,” one witness said while giving a statement to FOX31. “He turned and he kept shooting, almost shooting toward us, but my friend, backed up, just in time or we would have been shot, as well.”
Another witness driving near the Belmar area said he saw a female officer in pursuit of the suspect.
“We seen [sic] the guy: he was a tall man, blond hair, with a trench coat. She yelled at him to ‘put his gun down!’ She yelled, ‘put your gun down’ and he turned around and, like, pulled up the gun and shot her right in front of us, multiple times,” another witness recounted, according to the news outlet.
Numerous customers were still inside Belmar businesses as police pursued the shooter.
“Numerous businesses have customers and employees still inside. SWAT teams are clearing a very large area inch by inch. Stay inside and stay safe until area cleared by law enforcement,” a Colorado State Police said in a tweet.
Troopers assisting Lakewood in the Belmar area. Numerous businesses have customers and employees still inside. SWAT teams are clearing a very large area inch by inch. Stay inside and stay safe until area cleared by law enforcement. S1
— CSP Golden (@csp_golden) December 28, 2021
Another witness talked with CBS4, saying, ““We were just in there, my husband and I. You could hear the popping outside. It was like one shot and then maybe five or six more and a couple more after that. Xfinity did an awesome job. They swooped us right inside. Got us in the back room and got the gates down. Fortunately, we didn’t see too much.”