Five dead, three injured after mass shooting in Denver and Lakewood

Police tape lies on the ground at 1st Avenue and Broadway in Denver after a shooting nearby on Monday, December 27, 2021.
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Police tape lies on the ground at 1st Avenue and Broadway in Denver after a shooting nearby on Monday, December 27, 2021.

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Our original story from Tuesday, Dec. 28 continues below.

Five people are dead, including the suspected shooter, and three are wounded after a suspect opened fire multiple times in Denver and Lakewood on Monday night, police said on Monday. They believe the same suspect is responsible for at least eight separate shooting incidents, including multiple exchanges with police that put one Lakewood officer in the hospital.

Alicia Cardenas, owner of Sol Tribe Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing, was one of the victims, her father, Alfredo Cardenas, confirmed Tuesday.

A final gunfight with Denver and Lakewood police left the suspect dead.

At a press conference Monday night, Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen attempted to assure residents that the community was safe and that a preliminary investigation showed there was only one suspect. However, Pazen acknowledged the tragic timing of the shooting.

"This is the holiday season. To have this type of spree take place is not normal for our community. We cannot lose sight of the victims in this, the people that are still fighting for their lives, including a Lakewood agent."

The Lakewood officer had been admitted into surgery.

"It's a tough day for the Lakewood Police family, obviously when this happens to one of our own," Lakewood agent John Romero said. "We just ask everyone in our community for their thoughts and prayers, for that agent and their family."

Romero said the Denver Police Department and the Lakewood Police Department are working together to investigate the incident.

A timeline of the tragedy

Police gave a walkthrough of events during Monday night's press conference. Two women and one man were killed in Denver, and two people are dead in Lakewood, including the suspect. One man was injured in Denver, and two people were injured in Lakewood — including the Lakewood Police officer.

  1. At around 5 p.m., shots broke out at 1st and Broadway in Denver. Two women died and one man was wounded.
  2. At 12th and Williams, another shooting left one man dead.
  3. Near 6th and Cherokee, police believe a gun was fired but there were no reported injuries.
  4. At 8th and Zuni, Denver Police identified a vehicle, pursued and gunfire was exchanged. There were no reported injuries. The suspect then fled into Lakewood.
  5. Just before 6 p.m., shots broke out at the 1600 block of Kipling leaving one dead. Lakewood Police then identified a car.
  6. Shortly after, in the Belmar shopping area, Lakewood Police pursued the identified car. Again they exchanged gunfire. The suspect escaped on foot.
  7. The suspect entered the Hyatt House hotel in Belmar, where he shot a clerk. The clerk was in the hospital as of Monday night.
  8. The suspect attempted to flee but encountered a Lakewood officer. Gunfire was exchanged and the officer was hit. That officer went to the hospital for surgery.
  9. More gunfire occurred between police and the suspect, killing the suspect.