The death toll from a shooting spree in multiple Colorado locations that ended with the gunman being shot dead has risen to five, according to police.
The shooting spree began around 5:00 p.m. Monday and spread to at least four different locations in Denver and Lakewood, according to police, who had previously put the death toll at four.
According to police, two women were killed and a man was injured in the first location in Denver, while another man was shot and killed outside his home.
The gunman then traveled to Lakewood, where he fatally shot another man at the Lucky 13 tattoo parlor and injured another person.
Lakewood officers were able to identify the shooter as he moved locations using information gathered from previous assaults.
According to police, the shooter entered a shopping center and fatally shot a female employee.
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In the shopping center, he was confronted by a police officer who ordered him to lay down his weapon. The officer was wounded in the ensuing firefight, but the suspect was killed.
According to Lakewood police spokesman John Romero, the gunman was “pronounced dead on the scene.” He went on to say that the officer was “doing well,” but that she would require more surgery.
The motives of the shooter are unknown, but police say “based on what we know, it appears that the offender was targeting specific people.”
Police were able to recover two weapons.
Gun violence is a major issue in the United States, according to gun control advocates, who claim that the issue is exacerbated by the widespread availability of firearms and the country’s lax gun laws.