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Police stand outside the Belmar shopping center where they say the suspect in a Monday shooting spree that claimed five lives was shot and killed in Lakewood, Colo. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Denver-area shootings have left at least four people dead and three others wounded, including a police officer, authorities said late Monday.

What we know: Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen confirmed at a news conference that the sole suspect died after the "killing spree" during a shootout with officers in the city of Lakewood, in the greater Denver metropolitan area.

Zoom in: "There are four significant locations where gunfire took place in the City and County of Denver," Pazen said.

  • The shootings began just after 5 p.m. in central Denver, when the shooter killed two women and wounded one man, according to police.
  • Another man was fatally shot nearby and a gun was again fired at a third location, but no injuries were reported.
  • Police then pursued a vehicle with the suspect inside, before the suspect died in the gunfire exchange, per Pazon.

The bottom line: Lakewood Police Department spokesperson John Romero told the news conference there was no additional "safety concern to the community."

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

What to watch: Police were still investigating a motive for the shootings and have yet to publicly identify the suspect.

The big picture: Several mass shootings have taken place in Colorado since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre — including one at a Boulder grocery store last March, which left 10 people dead.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Capitol Police arrest woman with guns who said she wanted to discuss Jan. 6

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A heavily armed woman who "wanted to talk about information she had about Jan. 6" was arrested outside Capitol Police headquarters, the department said Thursday.

Why it matters: There have been continued concerns about safety and security at the Capitol in the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack and several subsequent incidents.

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Stocks suffered their steepest drop of the year early Monday, putting the S&P 500 on course for its worst-ever start to a year.

Driving the news: The benchmark S&P 500 dropped for its fifth straight day, with losses nearing 3% in early trading, momentarily putting it on track to fall into a "correction." Some of the steepest losses were recovered in early afternoon trading.

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Health care workers hit new breaking point

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The ranks of health care workers are dwindling and stretching what it means to be reaching their "breaking points," particularly at small nonprofit hospitals.

The big picture: Even as Omicron cases have begun to wane in some places, many hospitals are still fielding a crush of patients amid record employee callouts.

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