A gunman killed four people and wounded three more including a police officer on Monday after open’s fire on multiple locations across Colorado before being shot dead, US police said.
According to police late-night press conference, the incidents began at around 5pm and unfolded on four different locations in the cities of Denver and Lakewood.
Two adult women were killed and an adult male wounded on the first location in Denver, police said, with a further man shot dead.
The gunman then traveled to neighboring Lakewood where he fatally shot another man and wounded another individual.
Gathered information from the previous assaults, Lakewood officers were able to identify the shooter as he moved location again.
“Gun shots was then exchanged again with our agents, the shooter, in this case, was taken down,” said Lakewood police spokesman John Romero, adding the gunman was “pronounced dead on the scene”.
A Lakewood officer was shot and injured during the altercations. “Injured agent is currently at the hospital undergoing surgery right now,” Romero added.
The shooter’s motivations are unknown, and an investigation is underway.
Gun violence is a huge problem in the United States and firearm control advocates say the issue is fueled by the item’s prevalence and relatively gun laws.