The gunman in Monday’s Denver-area rampage that resulted in six deaths, together with the suspect, might have been appearing out a scene from a 2018 novel linked to him, based on a report.

Authorities on Tuesday recognized the gunman as Lyndon McLeod, 47, who in 2018 printed considered one of three novels that featured a personality who carried out a homicide at an condominium complicated — just like one of many shootings in Monday’s lethal taking pictures spree, the Denver Submit reported.

The so-called “Sanction” trilogy – authored by “Roman McClay,” believed to be a pen identify for McLeod — featured a central character named “Lyndon MacLeod,” with the identify spelled barely otherwise from that of the gunman, based on FOX 31 of Denver. 


One on-line overview described the trilogy as “an epic, visceral journey into the darkish coronary heart of each man damaged by society,” whereas one other reviewer mentioned the characters “give full vent to their sexism, racism, and each different -ism stored out of mainstream discourse,” based on the Submit.

Tattoo artists focused

McLeod was the previous proprietor of a tattoo enterprise, and not less than three of Monday’s victims have been tattoo artists, FOX 31 of Denver reported.

The gunman had already been “on the radar of regulation enforcement” previous to the violent outburst, Denver police Chief Paul Pazen advised reporters at a information convention, the Submit reported.

4 of the victims died Monday whereas a fifth sufferer died in a hospital Tuesday, the newspaper reported.

The killings started in Denver and resulted in a buying space in suburban Lakewood.

Not less than eight places noticed gunshots in about an hour’s time. One of many places was the previous web site of the tattoo store that McLeod operated, FOX 31 reported.

The gunman in the end died in a shootout with regulation enforcement in Lakewood. 

Officer’s ‘braveness and bravado’

The Lakewood regulation enforcement officer who killed McLeod suffered a gunshot wound to her stomach however was anticipated to outlive following emergency surgical procedure, Pazen mentioned, based on the Submit.

“I can’t say sufficient concerning the braveness and bravado proven by that Lakewood police agent,” Lakewood police spokesman John Romero mentioned, the Submit reported.

The officer’s motion possible helped save lives, Romero advised FOX 31. Her identification was not instantly launched.

McLeod was the topic of regulation enforcement investigations in 2020 and earlier this 12 months however neither probe led to state or federal prices, Pazen mentioned. He declined to debate the main focus of the investigations, the Submit reported.

These killed in Denver throughout the taking pictures spree have been recognized as: Alicia Cardenas, 44; and Alyssa Gunn Maldonado, based on the Submit. A 3rd sufferer was not recognized.

Cardenas owned a tattoo store and was the mom of a 12-year-old baby, FOX 31 reported.

As well as, Maldonado’s husband, Jimmy Maldonado, was in crucial situation after being shot, the newspaper reported.

The 2 individuals killed in Lakewood have been recognized as Danny Scofield, 38; and Sarah Steck, 28. 

Scofield was a tattoo artist and the daddy of three kids, FOX 31 reported; Steck a front-desk clerk at a resort that the gunman entered whereas being pursued by police, the Submit reported.

How drama unfolded

Based on the Submit:

The spree started round 5:25 p.m. Monday, when McLeod entered a Denver enterprise, killing two ladies, together with Cardenas, and wounding a person. Police then responded to a house the place the suspect fired on the occupants however didn’t hit any of them, then set a van on fireplace outdoors the constructing.

Round 5:45 p.m., Denver police responded to a house the place they discovered a person who had been shot useless. They realized that the suspect had been carrying tactical gear and a police badge and emblem when he entered the constructing, the Submit reported.

A couple of minutes later, Denver police encountered the suspect as he was driving a van, and have become engaged in a shootout with him. The police automobile grew to become disabled throughout the gunfire and the suspect drove away, the Submit reported.


Simply earlier than 6 p.m., police responded to a tattoo parlor in Lakewood and located Scofield useless contained in the store.

A couple of minutes later police noticed the suspect’s automobile within the Lakewood buying space. A shootout ensued, and the suspect fled to a Hyatt Home resort, the place he shot Steck, an worker, who later died in a hospital.

Round 6:12 p.m., a police agent positioned the suspect and ordered him to drop his weapon. As a substitute he fired, hanging the officer within the stomach. The officer returned fireplace, killing the suspect, the Submit reported.