Denver shooting: Gunman opens fire at Belmar mall & hotel in Lakewood, Colorado leaving 5 dead & 3 injured including cop

AT least five people are dead and three people were injured after a suspected gunman opened fire in Denver.

Two women were killed and one man was injured in the first shooting which happened just after 5pm local time on Monday.

Another man was killed in the second shooting near East 12th Avenue and Williams street in Denver's Cheesman Park neighborhood.

Both of these shootings happened two hours before the third incident, where a Lakewood police officer was shot near the Belmar mall.

Cops in Lakewood received reports of a shooting at a business just after 6pm and one person was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cops said they found the suspect's vehicle in Belmar and have "gathered information" about it, according to CBS4.

The suspect allegedly fired at cops when being approached by police before officers hit back.

The gunman was able to flee on foot. He has not been identified.

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Cops added that the suspect committed "felony menacing" at a store while armed.

The suspect went inside the Hyatt House hotel, allegedly shooting a clerk. The victim's condition and identity remain unknown.

The gunman was killed at the scene after shots were exchanged. He has not been identified.

A Lakewood officer was hospitalized, as reported by Fox31.

Police do not know if the suspect died from the officers' gunfire.

Denver Police have confirmed that the shootings are connected.

Police Chief Paul Pazen said: “To see this type of spree take place is not normal in our community.

"This one individual was responsible for this very violent crime spree that took place this evening."

One woman was in an Xfinity store when she heard a "popping" noise outside.

She told CBS4: "It was like one shot and then maybe five or six more and a couple more after that."

The woman added that staff in Xfinity ushered shoppers to the backroom.

A Twitter user said: "Was just at the Lakewood Belmar right in the Target parking lot as a bunch of shots rang out.

"Friend and I were sitting in our car, hear two distinct like bursts of gunshots and immediately start pulling away. Cop ran towards us waving a gun or tazer and told us to get out."

Cops confirmed there is no threat to the community and the motive for the shootings remains unknown.

Pazen said: "We need to really dig and find out what the motivation behind this was."

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