Washington: Police said on Tuesday that shootings in multiple locations in Colorado resulted in gunmen being shot and the death toll has risen to five.
The trail of shooting began around 5:00 pm on Monday and unfolded across at least four different locations in the cities of Denver and Lakewood, said police, who had initially put the death toll at four.
Two women were killed and a man was wounded in the first location in Denver, police said, with another man shot dead outside his residence.
The gunman then traveled to neighboring Lakewood, where he fatally shot another man in the Lucky 13 tattoo parlor and wounded another individual.
Working off information gathered from the previous assaults, Lakewood officers were able to identify the shooter as he moved locations.
Police said the gunman entered a shopping mall and shot and killed a female employee there.
Then he met a policeman in the shopping center, who ordered him to put down his weapon. In the ensuing exchange of fire, the officer was injured, but shot the suspect.
The gunman was “pronounced dead on the scene” said Lakewood police spokesman John Romero. He added the police officer was “doing well” but that she would need further surgery.
The shooter’s motivations were unknown, but police said that “based on what we know, it does appear that the offender was targeting specific people.”
Two weapons were recovered by police.
Gun violence is a huge problem in the United States and gun control advocates say the issue is fueled by the prevalence of firearms as well as by relatively lax gun laws.