The gunman in Monday’s rampage in the Denver area that resulted in six deaths, including the suspect, may have been reenacting a scene from a 2018 novel linked to him, according to a report.
On Tuesday, authorities identified the gunman as Lyndon McLeod, 47, who in 2018 published one of three novels that featured a character who carried out a murder in an apartment complex, similar to one of the shootings in the Monday’s deadly shooting, the Denver Post. reported. The so-called “Sanction” trilogy, written by “Roman McClay,” believed to be a pseudonym for McLeod, featured a central character named “Lyndon MacLeod.
An online review described the trilogy as “an epic and visceral journey into the dark heart of every man shattered by society,” while another reviewer said the characters “unleash their sexism, racism, and any other maintained -ism. out of mainstream speech, “according to the Post. The gunman had already been “on law enforcement radar” before the violent outbreak, Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen told reporters at a news conference, the Post reported.
Four of the victims died on Monday, while a fifth victim died in a hospital on Tuesday, the newspaper reported. with the name spelled slightly differently than the gunman, according to FOX 31 de Denver. The murders began in Denver and ended in a commercial area in the suburbs of Lakewood. The Lakewood law enforcement officer who killed McLeod suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen, but he was expected to survive after emergency surgery.
I cannot say enough about the courage and bravery shown by that Lakewood police officer,” Lakewood police spokesman John Romero said, the Post reported. The officer’s action likely helped save lives, Romero told FOX 31. His identity was not immediately released. McLeod was the subject of police investigations in 2020 and earlier this year, but no investigation led to state or federal charges Pazen said.
Those killed in Denver during the shooting were identified as: Alicia Cárdenas, 44; and Alyssa Gunn Maldonado, according to the Post. A third victim was not identified. He declined to discuss the focus of the investigations, the Post reported. Cárdenas owned a tattoo shop and was the mother of a 12-year-old boy, FOX 31 reported. Additionally, Maldonado’s husband, Jimmy Maldonado.