• Four back-to-back shootings took place in Lakewood
  • Five people, including the gunman, were killed
  • A police officer was injured in the shootings 

A suspected gunman in Colorado's Lakewood city was fatally shot Monday by cops after he carried out a string of shootings that killed at least 4 people and injured 3.

The shootings began at around 5 p.m. ET and the same gunman was involved in all four attacks that were conducted in rapid succession, Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said in a joint press conference with the Lakewood Police Department, according to The Denver Channel.

"This one individual was responsible for this very violent crime spree that took place this evening," Pazen told reporters, according to KIRO 7. A police officer was also injured in the shootings, according to Denver 7 News.

Pazen further revealed that the first scene unfolded in East First Avenue and North Broadway where three people were shot; two women were killed and a man was left injured.

The second shooting took place in 12th Avenue and North Williams Street where one man was shot and killed. The third shooting occurred in the 6th and Cherokee and there were no injuries reported.

The fourth shooting took place in 8th and Zuni where the suspect was killed after a Denver Police Department vehicle attempted to pull him over, KIRO 7 reported.

Two people, including the suspected gunman, reportedly died in the last shooting.

John Romero, public information officer with the Lakewood Police Department, said at the press conference that cops received a call about a shooting at a business in the 1500 block of Kipling just before 6 p.m. ET. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities spotted the vehicle and the suspect in the Belmar shopping area based on the description provided by witnesses. When officers approached the driver, he opened fire and an exchange of gunfire took place.

The driver tried to flee on foot but was chased down and shot by cops, The Denver Channel reported.

Police didn't release the name of the suspect. "This is the holiday season. To have this type of spree take place is not normal for our community," Pazen told reporters. "We cannot lose sight of the victims in this, the people that are still fighting for their lives, including a Lakewood agent."

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