Schoolboy Q Concert Shooting Likely Not Random, Police Say

Rapper was riding in the vehicle that the shooter targeted

Schoolboy Q, Red Rocks shooting
Karl Gehring/Denver Post
Schoolboy Q was put into handcuffs as Denver Police investigated a shooting that occurred at Red Rocks Amphitheater Thursday night, June 19th.
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Thursday night's shooting outside Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre was likely not just a random act of  violence, police officials said on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Three people were injured in the incident, which took place after a benefit concert featuring Schoolboy Q, Nas and Flying Lotus. 

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"This is not just a coincidence. We think there is probably more to it than that," said Jacki Kelley, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. "It does seem to be more targeted than random."

According to the Los Angeles Times, a gunman emerged from the bushes outside the venue at around 10:30 pm on Thursday, as the show was ending. He fired several rounds at a white SUV that Schoolboy Q was riding in along with at least four other people. The rapper was not hit, but three other passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

After the shooting, Schoolboy Q and the other passengers drove the SUV about 15 miles to Denver, where they were stopped by police and taken for medical treatment. The police initially handcuffed Schoolboy Q and the other uninjured passenger, though Kelley said the rapper was not a suspect in the shooting. The victims were treated at Denver Health Medical Center, and one was released from the hospital on Friday morning.

No arrests have been made yet, and investigators are still searching for a motive for the attack. Kelley said that they have received numerous tips.

Some of the proceeds for Thursday night's concert were going to the Gang Rescue and Support Project of Denver, Preserve the Rocks and local charity Helping Our People Excel.