DENVER — Lyndon McLeod, the man who police say shot and killed five people in Denver and Lakewood on Monday, was never licensed as a tattoo artist nor as a business owner for Flat Black Ink Corp. in Denver, according to city records.
Three of the five people who were killed during Monday's shooting spree were in tattoo shops.
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A spokesperson for Denver's Department of Excise and Licenses, Eric Escudero, said McLeod's name was on the lease for All Heart Industry, which also used the name Flat Black Ink Corp. Escudero said he was the registered agent for the business.
McLeod never applied for a body artist license in Denver, records show. Escudero said if he was doing any tattoo work in Denver, he was doing it illegally since he was unlicensed.
"The only thing his name was ever attached to was the business registration with the Secretary of State, which they don’t collect ownership information," said Escudero. "They only ask for the registered agent and who’s filing the document, which isn’t always the owner."
All Heart Industry opened at the address of what's now World Tattoo in Denver. Police said McLeod fired shots near that address, 246 6th Avenue, on Monday. The license for All Heart Industry expired in August of 2014, according to city records.
In 2015, someone else applied for a license at the same address, but the application was withdrawn. McLeod was listed on that lease as well.
Sol Tribe Tattoo and Piercing was issued a license in 2016 for the address of All Heart Industry. The owner, Alicia Cardenas, filed the application.
Sol Tribe Tattoo and Piercing eventually moved to its current location on Broadway. On Monday, police say McLeod shot and killed Cardenas and Alyssa Gunn-Maldonado.
Investigators said McLeod went to Lakewood later that evening and shot and killed Danny Scofield at Lucky 13 Tattoo. Scofield used to work at All Heart Industry years ago, according to his family.
An ongoing investigation
The investigation into McLeod is ongoing, both the official law enforcement investigation and one by 9Wants to Know.
9Wants to Know spoke to a source with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and learned that McLeod was "not on their radar."
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