A fifth victim has died following a string of shootings across the Denver metro area Monday night, Colorado, local authorities said.
Denver police confirmed that Sarah Steck, 28, became the latest casualty in the rampage. She was a hotel clerk at the Hyatt House in Lakewood. She died Tuesday at a local hospital, police said at a news conference.
“I want to remind folks that we need to keep the victims, their families, in our thoughts and in our hearts,” said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen, according to ABC News.
The shooter was identified as right-wing extremist Lyndon James McLeod, 47, who had written books that fantasized about killing people, according to the report. He was fatally shot by police following the shootings.
According to preliminary findings of the investigation, the rampage began with the tattoo parlor near 1st Avenue and Broadway as the target. There, the gunman shot Alicia Cardenas, 44, owner of Sol Tribe Tattoo & Piercing and Alyssa Gunn-Maldonado. McLeod allegedly then fled the scene and broke into multiple residences, firing shots and setting a van on fire in an alley.
The victims were Alicia Cardenas, 44, the owner of the tattoo shop who left behind a 12-year-old daughter; 35-year-old Alyssa Gunn-Maldonado, a yoga instructor; and her husband, Jimmy Maldonado, who is hospitalized but expected to survive, police said during the news conference.
Officials with the Denver Police Department said all of the Denver victims were known to McLeod, but did not specify as to his relationship with any of the victims.