Denver shooting spree suspect shown walking into Lakewood tattoo shop

The gunman who authorities believe killed four people and wounded three others in a shooting spree across Denver and Lakewood Monday night spent just 10 seconds inside a Lakewood tattoo shop where one person was killed, video surveillance from a nearby liquor store shows.

A 50-second surveillance video from In and Out Liquor, which is adjacent to Lucky Thirteen Tattoo at 1550 Kipling Street in Lakewood, appears to show a gunman pull up to the tattoo shop in a dark-colored van and walk inside carrying a gun. The man holds the gun at his side, pointed at the ground.

In the video, which does not have sound, the man with the gun stays inside the store for 10 seconds before he walks back to the van and pulls out of the parking lot.

Venika Ladaprasankul, a waitress at the Thai Diamond Cafe, a restaurant next to the tattoo shop, said the van in the video matches one she saw pulling away after she heard three rapid gunshots as she was sweeping the floor at the front of the restaurant Monday evening.

She saw a man emerge from the Lucky Thirteen Tattoo shop next door, get into a black van and peeled out of the parking lot onto Kipling Street going south in the northbound lanes, setting off a chorus of car horns, she said.

“I understand now when people say you can’t move,” she said Tuesday morning, describing herself as frozen in place after the gunfire went off. “We heard a bang, bang, bang — so loud.”

Ladaprasankul said when she ventured out of her restaurant and to the tattoo shop next door, she saw a man in the store lying on the ground, his hand shaking.

“We couldn’t sleep (last night),” she said. “It’s kind of running in my mind, because it was so close.”

Ladaprasankul, who had been working at the restaurant less than a year, pointed to a bullet hole in the adjoining wall of the restaurant and tattoo shop, and another bullet hole on an interior wall of the eatery. She said one of her coworkers found a bullet on the floor, below the second hole.

There were two tables of customers in the restaurant at the time of the shooting, she said.

“I’m so scared,” she said.

Wessen Zena, owner of In and Out Liquor on the other side of Lucky Thirteen, also saw a man lying on the ground shaking inside the tattoo shop.

“He was laid down on the floor,” Zena said. “It was sad. I couldn’t sleep all night.”

Lucky Thirteen was closed Tuesday morning and someone had dropped off a bunch of flowers in front of the store.

Lakewood police said Monday that a person was shot and killed at a business in the 1500 block of Kipling Street just before 6 p.m., but have not said exactly where the shooting happened. The timestamp on the surveillance video reads 7:58 p.m. A police spokesman did not immediately provide more information Tuesday.

The surveillance video shows just one of eight different locations where the suspect is believed to have fired shots in both Denver and Lakewood during a shooting spree at eight different locations across the two cities Monday evening.

The shooter, who has not been identified by police, first opened fire at the intersection of East First Avenue and Broadway in Denver around 5 p.m., where he killed two women and injured a man, authorities said.

The shooter then continued on to East 12th Avenue and Williams Street, where he shot and killed a man, before firing shots near the intersection of West Sixth Avenue and Cherokee Street. No one was injured there.

The next exchange of gunfire happened during a police chase after Denver police spotted what they thought was the suspect’s vehicle near Eighth Avenue and Zuni Street, Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said during a Monday evening news conference. The man shot at officers when they tried to pull him over, disabling a police vehicle.

The suspect then drove into Lakewood and shot and killed a person near the intersection of Kipling and West Colfax Avenue just before 6 p.m. He exchanged gunfire with Lakewood police near the Belmar district, but escaped on foot.

The suspect went on to shoot and injure a clerk at the Hyatt House hotel near South Vance Street and West Alaska Drive, authorities said.

After that, the suspect shot a Lakewood police officer as the officer confronted him.  The suspect then exchanged gunfire with Lakewood police agents before he died of a gunshot wound.

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