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The gunman who shot and killed five in Denver on Monday night has been identified as a former tattoo shop owner and described by police as someone with a history of extremist views and psychiatric episodes.

Lyndon McLeod, 47, was shot and killed by officers at the end of his rampage across tattoo parlors and other locations in the Mile High City.  

McLeod used to own a tattoo business, Flat Black Ink, until 2017, ABC reported. His rampage on Monday targeted several tattoo shops, and three of his five victims worked in the tattoo industry. 

Police said they believe McLeod was targeting the people he shot at the tattoo parlors, although they did not release a motive. 

Paul Pazen, chief of Denver Police, said on Tuesday that McLeod had been on the radar of law enforcement during two recent investigations – one in 2020 and another in 2021 – but neither resulted in charges. 

Lyndon McLeod, who wrote fantasy novels under the name Roman McClay, has been named by police as the man who shot and killed four in Denver on Monday night

McLeod had come on to the radar of police in 2020 and 2021, Denver police chief said, but no charges were ever filed. He did not say why there was concern

McLeod had come on to the radar of police in 2020 and 2021, Denver police chief said, but no charges were ever filed. He did not say why there was concern

McLeod, 47, owned a tattoo parlor in Denver until 2017. He then relocated to a converted shipping container

McLeod, 47, owned a tattoo parlor in Denver until 2017. He then relocated to a converted shipping container

McLeod lived in a shipping container in the mountains, he told an interviewer while promoting his self-published fantasy novel

McLeod lived in a shipping container in the mountains, he told an interviewer while promoting his self-published fantasy novel

McLeod sold his house in Denver around five years ago, according to the new owner

McLeod sold his house in Denver around five years ago, according to the new owner

McLeod used his Instagram to promote his book, with skull images

McLeod used his Instagram to promote his book, with skull images

Police said McLeod fired shots at six locations across Denver and the nearby suburb of Lakewood.

His rampage left five people dead and three others wounded – among them a police officer – before he was shot dead. 

McLeod sold his house five years ago to a man who said the property was full of gun safes. 

‘There were numerous hidden gun safes in the walls of this house,’ said Gabriel Thorn, speaking to KDVR.

‘He just disappeared off the face of the earth when we bought the house. My wife and I joke that he’s changed his name and moved out of the country.’ 

McLeod then wrote and published a series of books called ‘Sanction’ under the name Roman McClay, KDVR reported, with the main character based on himself, and the narrator being artificial intelligence.

In an interview about the book, he was described as living in a converted storage container, and said the book was about ‘our masculinity and the way we interact,’ looking at religion, genetics and culture.

He described it on Twitter, in an account dormant since June 2020, as: ‘The book that philosophizes with a Jack-Hammer.’ 

‘I tend to look at the world in threes. I’ll look at the world currently, then the world below it and the world above it,’ he said in a YouTube interview in March 2020, to promote the book.

‘You have the terrestrial plane, then the sub level, then the atmosphere.’  

McLeod added: ‘I consider myself an artist first, and then a man interested in ideas and culture second.’  

His victims included Alicia Cardenas, 44, the owner of Sol Tribe tattoo shop on Broadway in Denver. 

Another deceased victim was identified on Tuesday as Alyssa Gunn Maldonado, 35, who worked with Cardenas alongside her husband, a piercing artist, who was injured in the attack. 

A third victim who succumbed to his injuries was named as 38-year-old Danny Scofield, a tattoo artist working at another parlor in Lakewood. 

A fourth victim was described as a man, shot in the street, and his fifth victim was a clerk at the Hyatt hotel, Sarah Steck, who died on Tuesday afternoon in hospital. 

McLeod, described by witnesses as wearing a trench coat, and being a tall, blonde man – despite being noticeably dark haired in his social media posts – was fatally shot after he opened fire at officers and struck one female officer once in the abdomen. 

She returned fire, striking him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘She is in stable condition and doing well,’ said John Romero, spokesman for the Lakewood Police Department. 

She was wearing a bulletproof vest.

Romero said the officer ‘probably saved’ lives.

‘We are beyond proud of her actions,’ he said.

Alicia Cardenas, 44, the owner of Sol Tribe tattoo shop on Denver, was named by friends on social media as one of the five people who were killed in Monday's shooting spree

Alicia Cardenas, 44, the owner of Sol Tribe tattoo shop on Denver, was named by friends on social media as one of the five people who were killed in Monday’s shooting spree

Alyssa Gunn Maldonado, 35 (right), was shot dead inside Cardenas' shop. Her husband, Jimmy Maldonado, was said to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest

Alyssa Gunn Maldonado, 35 (right), was shot dead inside Cardenas’ shop. Her husband, Jimmy Maldonado, was said to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest 

Danny Scofield, 38 (right), a tattoo artist at Lucky 13 Tattoo and Piercing in Lakewood, was shot and killed during the rampage

Danny Scofield, 38 (right), a tattoo artist at Lucky 13 Tattoo and Piercing in Lakewood, was shot and killed during the rampage  

Scofield was the fourth person to be killed in the gunman's Monday night rampage

Scofield was the fourth person to be killed in the gunman’s Monday night rampage

‘To see this type of spree take place is not normal in our community,’ Pazen told KDVR

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

According to the police department’s timeline, McLeod’s first stop on his deadly spree was Sol Tribe tattoo shop on Broadway, where he allegedly opened fire shortly after 5pm, killing the owner, Alicia Cardenas.

He wounded one of her associates, piercing artist Jimmy Maldonado, and gunned down the man’s wife, Alyssa Gunn Maldonado, who also worked there. 

Ernesto Burbank, a friend of the victims, identified them in a Facebook post, revealing that Jimmy Maldonado was taken to a hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. His condition is unknown at this time.

‘I just don’t understand how so much hate can live in people and how the innocent always pay the price,’ Burbank wrote. 

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help with Alyssa’s funeral costs and her husband’s medical expenses. 

The couple, who married in February 2020, have a young son. 

Jimmy and Alyssa Gunn Maldonado got married in February 2020. They have a son together

Jimmy and Alyssa Gunn Maldonado got married in February 2020. They have a son together

Cardenas was described as a pillar of Denver's tattoo community

Cardenas, pictured, is survived by a 12-year-old daughter

Cardenas (left and right) was described as a pillar of Denver’s tattoo community. She is survived by a 12-year-old daughter 

Facebook has lit up with messages expressing shock and grief as news of Alicia Cardenas’ killing spread. She was remembered as a pillar of Denver’s artistic community.

‘Wisdom and grace poured from her anytime she chose to speak,’ wrote Armando Lopez, her client. 

‘So many artists learned from her in apprenticeship through her masterful work in tattoo, murals, and altars. A Denver native, who’s roots have held this city up through their strength and provision of soulful nutrients. Her voice and words of advice still ring so loudly in my ears.’

Lopez revealed that he had got a tattoo at Cardenas’ parlor just an hour before the shooting.  

The 44-year-old tattoo artist and muralist is survived by her 12-year-old daughter, according to her friend Patrick Anderson. 

‘She was such a kind and wise person,’ Anderson told DailyMail.com on Tuesday. 

‘She hosted an annual Dia de los Muertes event at her tattoo shop and helped people remember loved ones. I like to think that she is now with her ancestors and will come visit us this Dia de los Muertes.’ 

April Potter identified her brother, Danny Scofield, as the third victim of the shooting spree. 

She told KDVR that he was a father-of-three who worked as a tattoo artist at Lucky 13 Tattoo and Piercing on Kipling Street in Lakewood. 

‘He was my best friend,’ Potter said through tears. ‘The best person I’ve ever met in my life.’

Officials are asking residents to keep the victims, specifically the officer, in their thoughts and prayers during this tough time.  

‘We just ask everyone in our community for their thoughts and prayer for that agent and their family,’ Romero told the Denver Post.

Five people were killed and three injured, including a police officer, in a shooting spree that spread across Colorado on Monday night

Five people were killed and three injured, including a police officer, in a shooting spree that spread across Colorado on Monday night

Police say McLeod fired shots in six locations across Denver and the nearby suburb of Lakewood

Police say McLeod fired shots in six locations across Denver and the nearby suburb of Lakewood

The above map shows where the incidents in Monday night's killing spree occurred

The above map shows where the incidents in Monday night’s killing spree occurred

The shooting spree began around 5pm in Denver near the intersection of East 1st Avenue and Broadway.

Police say McLeod killed two women and injured one man – since identified as Cardenas, Alyssa Gunn Maldonado and Jimmy Maldonado – before fleeing the scene. 

Shortly after, McLeod fatally shot another man in the Cheeseman Park neighborhood near 12th Avenue and Williams Street. 

He then fired a shot at 6th Avenue and Cherokee Street, as well as 8th Avenue and Zuni Street. 

However, police say no injuries were reported at either location.

He was then spotted in his vehicle by police, near 8th Avenue and Zuni Street. 

Officers attempted to pull him over when he opened fire, prompting them to shoot back. 

McLeod was fatally shot by Lakewood police after he opened fire at officers and struck one in the back. Police say the cop is currently in surgery

McLeod was fatally shot by Lakewood police after he opened fire at officers and struck one in the back. Police say the cop is currently in surgery

Meanwhile, police say the motive behind the 'killing spree' remains unknown and an investigation into the incidents is ongoing

Meanwhile, police say the motive behind the ‘killing spree’ remains unknown and an investigation into the incidents is ongoing

'At this point, we do not believe there is any additional safety concern to the community,' said Lakewood police spokesperson John Romero (pictured)

‘At this point, we do not believe there is any additional safety concern to the community,’ said Lakewood police spokesperson John Romero (pictured)

A Denver police vehicle was disabled and McLeod fled the scene. 

He is believed to then have continued his killing spree in Lakewood. 

He was reported in the suburb just before 6pm, firing shots and killing one person – Danny Scofield – at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Kipling Street. 

Soon after, Lakewood officers spotted his vehicle in the Belmar area. Gunfire was exchanged after McLeod shot at police.

He then ran away into a nearby business where he brandished his weapon before entering the Hyatt House hotel where he shot a clerk. 

The clerk was taken to an area hospital, where she later died. 

Department Chief Paul Pazen (pictured) said 'this type of spree take place is not normal in our community' and explained that 'one individual was responsible for this very violent crime spree that took place this evening'

Department Chief Paul Pazen (pictured) said ‘this type of spree take place is not normal in our community’ and explained that ‘one individual was responsible for this very violent crime spree that took place this evening’

The suspect was shot and killed. The Jefferson County sheriff's department is investigating the specifics behind his death

The suspect was shot and killed. The Jefferson County sheriff’s department is investigating the specifics behind his death

Authorities asked residents to keep the victims, especially the Lakewood officer who was shot, and their families in their thoughts and prayers

Authorities asked residents to keep the victims, especially the Lakewood officer who was shot, and their families in their thoughts and prayers

McLeod fled the Hyatt and began shooting at officers, injuring one, who then shot back. 

Witnesses who were driving in the area told Fox 31 they saw the a police officer confronting the suspect. 

‘We seen [sic] the guy: he was a tall man, blond hair, with a trench coat,’ the witnesses told the station. 

‘She yelled at him to ‘put his gun down!’ 

‘She yelled, ‘put your gun down’ and he turned around and, like, pulled up the gun and shot her right in front of us, multiple times.’ 

McLeod was finally shot and killed at this location. 

‘Still unsure exactly if it was by Lakewood police or not but he was then pronounced dead at the scene,’ Romero said. 

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the specifics behind the gunman’s death.

Pazen, the Denver Police Chief, told reporters police are investigating the motive behind the deadly rampage. 

‘We need to really dig and find out what the motivation behind this was,’ Pazen said.  

Meanwhile, police say there is no ongoing threat to the community.

‘At this point, we do not believe there is any additional safety concern to the community,’ added Romero.

Of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in 2021, three were in Colorado, including the year’s deadliest.

In addition to the shooting on December 27, there was the Colorado Springs shooting on May 11 that claimed seven dead and the King Soopers shooting in Boulder that killed 10. 

The King Soopers shooting is tied for the year’s deadliest with a June 2 shooting in San Jose, Calif., that also left 10 dead.

In all, Colorado saw 13 mass shootings throughout 2021.

Denver reported 6,715 cases of violent crime in 2021, as of October.

The incidents include 95 murders; 1,038 sex offenses; 4,365 cases of aggravated assault; and 1,217 robberies.

The shooting spree was the 10th most lethal of the year nationwide, according to Gun Violence Archive. 

 

Denver reported 6,715 cases of violent crime in 2021, as of October

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Hailey Bieber Details Terrifying ‘Life-Altering’ Mini-Stroke She Suffered And Procedure To Close Hole In Her Heart

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Hailey Bieber has spoken out in her “own words” about the “life-altering,” “scariest moment” of her life she had after suffering what she called a mini-stroke, and later underwent a procedure to close a hole in her heart.

The 25-year-old supermodel and wife of superstar singer Justin Bieber took to her YouTube channel Wednesday and opened up about the terrifying experience of being hospitalized last month after she suffered a blood clot to her brain that traveled through a hole in her heart between 12 and 13 millimeters, reported People magazine.

“I had, like, a very scary incident on March 10, basically,” Bieber shared. “I was sitting at breakfast with my husband, having a normal day … and all of the sudden, I felt this really weird sensation that kind of like traveled down my arm from my shoulder all the way down to my fingertips. And it made my fingertips feel really numb and weird.”

“Justin [her husband] was like, ‘Are you okay?’” she added, as she explained that she tried to respond to him, but she “couldn’t speak.” “The right side of my face started drooping; I couldn’t get a sentence out.”

“Obviously, immediately, I thought I was having a stroke,” the supermodel continued. “He thought I was having a stroke. Right away, he asked for somebody to please call 911 and get a doctor.”

Hailey said that where they were, there happened to be a medic who started asking her lots of questions and testing her arms, calling it definitely the “scariest moment” of her life. The model talked about how the “facial drooping lasted for probably like thirty seconds.” Her speech did came back, but her “anxiety” about what was happening just made “everything worse.”

“By the time I got to the emergency room, I was pretty much back to normal – [I] could talk, [I] wasn’t having any issues with my face or my arm,” Bieber explained.

She said scans revealed she had, in fact, suffered a “small blood clot” to her brain which was labeled a “TIA” [Transient Ischemic Attack]. Hailey told her followers it was basically like having a “mini-stroke.”

Doctors still weren’t sure what caused it, but she said it was widely believed it was a combination of birth-control issues, recently having COVID-19, and having just traveled “to Paris and back in a very short amount of time,” calling it a “perfect storm.”

Further testing at the University of California, Los Angeles, revealed Bieber had a Grade 5 PFO [a small opening in the heart that usually closes after birth]. The outlet said the hold measured between 12 and 13 millimeters. She later underwent a procedure to close the hole, and said it went “very smoothly” and she’s recovering.

“The biggest thing I feel is I just feel really relieved that we were able to figure everything out, that we were able to get it closed, that I will be able to just move on from this really scary situation and just live my life,” Hailey shared.

“If there’s anybody that watches this that has gone through the same thing or something similar, I definitely really empathize with you,” she concluded. “And I understand how life-altering and scary it is.”

Bieber, who’s the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin and Kennya Baldwin, married her husband Justin in 2018.

Related: Hailey Baldwin Credits Christian Faith For Marriage To Justin Bieber

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Wikipedia’s Left-Wing Bias

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I love Wikipedia. I donated thousands of dollars to the Wikimedia Foundation.

Before Wikipedia, all we had were printed encyclopedias—out of date by the time we bought them.

Then libertarian Jimmy Wales came up with a web-based, crowd-sourced encyclopedia.

Crowd-sourced? A Britannica editor called Wikipedia “a public restroom.” But Wales won the battle. Britannica’s encyclopedias are no longer printed.

Congratulations to Wales.

But recently, I learned that Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger now says Wikipedia’s political pages have turned into leftist “propaganda.”

That’s upsetting. Leftists took over the editing?

Sadly, yes. I checked it out.

All editing is done by volunteers. Wales hoped there would be enough diverse political persuasions that biases would be countered by others.

But that’s not what’s happening.

Leftists just like to write. Conservatives build things: companies, homes, farms.

You see the pattern comparing political donations from different professions: Surgeons, oil workers, truck drivers, loggers, and pilots lean right; artists, bartenders, librarians, reporters, and teachers lean left.

Conservatives don’t have as much time to tweet or argue on the web. Leftists do. And they love doing it. This helps them take over the media, universities, and now, Wikipedia.

Jonathan Weiss is what Wikipedia calls a “Top 100” Wikipedian because he’s made almost half a million edits. He says he’s noticed new bias: “Wikipedia does a great job on things like science and sports, but you see a lot of political bias come into play when you’re talking current events.”

Weiss is no conservative. In presidential races, he voted for Al Gore, Ralph Nader, and Barack Obama. Never for a Republican. “I’ve really never identified strongly with either political party,” he says.

Maybe that’s why he notices the new Wikipedia bias.

“People on the left far outweigh people on the center and the right … a lot [are] openly socialist and Marxist.” Some even post pictures of Che Guevara and Lenin on their own profiles.

These are the people who decide which news sources Wikipedia writers may cite. Wikipedia’s approved “Reliable sources” page rejects political reporting from Fox but calls CNN and MSNBC “reliable.”

Good conservative outlets like The Federalist, the Daily Caller, and The Daily Wire are all deemed “unreliable.” Same with the New York Post (That’s probably why Wikipedia called Hunter Biden’s emails a conspiracy theory even after other liberal media finally acknowledged that they were real).

While it excludes Fox, Wikipedia approves even hard left media like Vox, Slate, The Nation, Mother Jones, and Jacobin, a socialist publication.

Until recently, Wikipedia’s “socialism” and “communism” pages made no mention of the millions of people killed by socialism and communism. Even now, deaths are “deep in the article,” says Weiss, “treated as an arcane academic debate. But we’re talking about mass murder!”

The communism page even adds that we cannot ignore the “lives saved by communist modernization”! This is nuts.

Look up “concentration and internment camps” and you’ll find, along with the Holocaust, “Mexico-United States border,” and under that, “Trump administration family separation policy.”

What? Former President Donald Trump’s border controls, no matter how harsh, are very different from the Nazi’s mass murder.

Wikipedia does say “anyone can edit.” So, I made a small addition for political balance, mentioning that President Barack Obama built those cages.

My edit was taken down.

I wrote Wikipedia founder Wales to say that if his creation now uses only progressive sources, I would no longer donate.

He replied, “I totally respect the decision not to give us more money. I’m such a fan and have great respect for you and your work.” But then he said it is “just 100% false … that ‘only globalist, progressive mainstream sources’ are permitted.”

He gave examples of left-wing media that Wikipedia rejects, like Raw Story and Occupy Democrats.

I’m glad he rejects them. Those sites are childishly far left.

I then wrote again to ask why “there’s not a single right-leaning media outlet Wiki labels ‘reliable’ about politics, [but] Vox, Slate, The Nation, Mother Jones, CNN, MSNBC” get approval.

Wales then stopped responding to my emails.

Unless Wikipedia’s bias is fixed, I’ll be skeptical reading anything on the site.

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Public Health England to blame for sending patients to care homes without Covid tests

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Speaking on condition of anonymity, Whitehall officials alleged that Prof Duncan Selbie, the former PHE chief executive, was ultimately responsible for informing Mr Hancock of the risks.

Prof Selbie is working as a senior adviser to the DHSC. Neither he nor the department responded to requests for comment on Wednesday.

Mr Hancock, who was replaced by Sajid Javid last year, claimed the High Court ruling had exonerated him and the had been cleared “of any wrongdoing” because PHE “failed to tell ministers what they knew about asymptomatic transmission”.

The High Court judges concluded that care home policies in March and April 2020 were “irrational” because they failed to advise that those discharged from hospitals “should, so far as practicable, be kept apart from other residents for up to 14 days”.

“Since there is no evidence that this question was considered by the secretary of state, or that he was asked to consider it, it is not an example of a political judgment on a finely balanced issue,” they said. “Nor is it a point on which any of the expert committees had advised that no guidance was required.”

After the ruling, Boris Johnson said he wanted to “renew my apologies and sympathies” to relatives who lost loved ones, adding: “The thing we didn’t know in particular was that Covid could be transmitted asymptomatically in the way that it was.”

However, the risks of asymptomatic transmission had been highlighted by Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief scientific adviser for England, who said it was “quite likely” as early as March 13 2020. Varying levels of risk had been outlined in papers from late January, the ruling said.

The judicial review was brought by Dr Cathy Gardner and Fay Harris, whose fathers, Michael Gibson and Donald Harris, died after testing positive for Covid.

‘Opens the floodgates for potential claims’

Paul Conrathe, a solicitor at Sinclairslaw who was instructed by both women, said: “It’s possible that care home providers and relatives who lost loved ones in the first wave could bring compensation claims. The Government was found to have acted ‘irrationally’ – that’s a very high legal hurdle.”

Nadra Ahmed, who chairs the National Care Association, said the ruling “opens the floodgates for potential claims to be brought against government policy”.

“This will be especially pertinent where the individual was not given a choice,” she said. “There will be a lot of people assimilating to the information as they consider if the loss of their loved one was premature, and holding the Government to account is the only way forward for them.”

Helen Wildbore, the director of the Relatives and Residents Association, said that the ruling proved “the protective ring around care homes was non-existent” and that older people were “abandoned at the outset of the pandemic”.

A government spokesman said it had been a “very difficult decision” to discharge hospital patients into care homes, taken when evidence on asymptomatic transmission was “extremely uncertain”.

The spokesman added: “We acknowledge the judge’s comments on assessing the risks of asymptomatic transmission and our guidance on isolation, and will respond in more detail in due course.”


‘He was in a home and should have been safe’

They stood outside the Royal Courts of Justice, two women unknown to each other before the Covid pandemic but brought together by tragedy, writes Tom Ough.

Cathy Gardner spoke first, delivering a steely reading of a statement. Matt Hancock’s boast of a “protective ring” encircling care homes, Dr Gardner said, was “a despicable lie of which he ought to be ashamed and for which he ought to apologise”.

Fay Harris, more downcast in demeanour but no less forthright, told journalists: “I have lost precious years with my wonderful Dad.”

Both women lost their fathers in early 2020, arguing that they might still be alive were it not for hospital patients having been discharged into care homes without having been tested for Covid.

Michael Gibson, born in 1931, had been a superintendent registrar of births and deaths. “He was in a home and should have been safe,” Dr Gardner told The Independent after his death.

Mr Gibson, who had advanced dementia, had fallen ill a couple of weeks before the first lockdown. Staff at his care home were unable to procure tests for Covid, but the virus is believed to have struck him down.

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