A Denver man suspected of killing five people Monday night harbors “radical views,” law enforcement officials say. ABC News.
Lyndon McLeod, 47, was fatally shot during a gun exchange with an officer after killing five people and wounding three others in a “gunfight” that lasted at four different locations, police said.
Federal law enforcement checked McLeod on their radar before the shooting happened, according to ABC News. Multiple law enforcement officials told the outlet that federal law enforcement was aware that he “had harbored extreme views” and had a history of mental illness. Law enforcement officers are currently searching his writings to determine what motivated him to commit Monday’s murder.
Police said they investigated the suspect last year and earlier this year in separate incidents but did not arrest him.
McLeod seems to have written about the “right philosophy,” male supremacy, and targeted violence against the “female sex” online, according to the report. Daily Monster, where he used the alias Roman McClay to run “countless” social media accounts and released three books about a character named Lyndon McLeod who “committed 46 murders”. He cited the books while criticizing a “weak” reporter who confronted boxer Mike Tyson in a 2014 YouTube video.
“This is basically the plot for my stupid book. Our entire society is made up of assholes who insult bad guys and stay away from it because of law enforcement. laws and social norms protect the WEAK from the STRONG. I overcome it,” he wrote. “The weak better fasten their seat belts… the damn thing is about to happen.”
In various Twitter postsMcLeod complains of “modern/liberal repression” of “honorable violence by men” and rages against “women’s premarital sex.”
Gabriel Thorn, a man who had bought a home from McLeod five years earlier, told the local news agency KDVR that “there are a lot of gun safes hidden in the wall.”
“He just disappeared off the face of the earth when we bought the house,” Thorn said. “My wife and I joke that he changed his name and moved out of the country.”
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McLeod knew all of his victims through business or personal relationships and likely targeted all of his victims, police said at a news conference Tuesday. The suspect first targeted a tattoo parlor in Denver, where he killed two women, including the salon owner, and wounded a man, according to the report. Channel Denver.
McLeod then opened fire at a site he previously owned a tattoo parlor in 2017, according to ABC News, but no one was injured. McLeod then broke into two homes, where he killed another man, according to police.
Police were able to track down the suspect’s vehicle after the third shooting.
“Denver police officers identified a vehicle involved in this incident. There was a chase that followed,” Pazen said. “There was a gun exchange between the individual, the suspect here, and our officers.”
Pazen said no one was injured in the exchange but the suspect disabled the police vehicle and fled to the nearby suburb of Lakewood. Lakewood Police responded to a shooting around 6 p.m., where the department said one person was killed at a tattoo parlor. Lakewood police found the suspect’s car at a shopping mall, where he opened fire on officers and fled to a hotel. The suspect shot an employee at the hotel and wounded a female employee while fleeing the premises. The officer returned fire, killing the suspect.
The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting with the investigation and police are appealing to the public for more information.
“We need to dig deep and find out what the motive is behind this,” said Pazen.
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