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Red Rocks shooting: Gunman fires on vehicle carrying Schoolboy Q

Police put this man in handcuffs during an investigation into a shooting that occurred at Red Rocks Amphitheater Thursday night, June 19, 2014. Three individuals in a Chevy Suburban stopped by police at 7th Avenue and Kalamath Street were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)

Police put this man in handcuffs during an investigation into a shooting that occurred at Red Rocks Amphitheater Thursday night, June 19, 2014. Three individuals in a Chevy Suburban stopped by police at 7th Avenue and Kalamath Street were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)

UPDATE: 12:14 p.m.: Authorities have confirmed that Schoolboy Q was involved in Thursday night’s shooting.

UPDATE: 11:10 a.m.: None of the shooting victims at Red Rocks were performers at the concert. One victim has been released from the hospital, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet. Investigators anticipate being clear of the Red Rocks crime scene today. Suspect is a black male, approximately 6 feet tall carrying a rifle.

UPDATE 10:01 a.m.: Friday night’s Skrillex show will go on as planned. The Trading Post and south parking lots are closed while Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigates, Red Rocks Amphitheatre said in an update.

UPDATE 1:55 a.m.: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office sent this Twitter update at 1:55 a.m.: “investigators working overnight at Red Rocks. No suspect in custody. Updates on Twitter. Park access anticipated in the A.M.”

By Kieran Nicholson

A man armed with a rifle fired multiple shots into an SUV carrying hip hop artist Schoolboy Q and three others after a performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre Thursday night. Three of the men were wounded, and the gunman is being sought.

Schoolboy Q, Quincy Matthew Hanley, 27, of Los Angeles, was not injured. He was in the vehicle, which sped from Red Rocks Park and was eventually stopped in Denver at West Sixth Avenue and Kalamath Street.

Three others in the SUV with Hanley were hit by the gunfire and taken to Denver Health Medical Center. One was treated and released and the other two suffered wounds that are not life-threatening, said Mark Techmeyer, a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The three people shot were not identified.

Hanley was briefly handcuffed in Denver because the vehicle had not stopped for police as it left the park, or as police pursued it into Denver with lights flashing.

Hanley was not arrested and is not a suspect in the shooting, Techmeyer said.

A man with a rifle had opened fire on the SUV about 10:25 p.m. as the vehicle was moving. The incident happened behind the amphitheater in the area of the Red Rocks Trading Post, Techmeyer said. Investigators are searching the park Friday, seeking evidence and clues.

The Thursday show at Red Rocks also featured Nas and Flying Lotus.

Anyone in the backstage area of the show, or near the Trading Post, between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. who shot video or took photos is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

Investigators would like to speak to them and view their images in hopes of spotting the shooter.

There is a show at the amphitheater Friday night, and it will go on.

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Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822, knicholson@denverpost.com or twitter.com/kierannicholson

  • Rolo Tomassi

    Rap music and shootings? This story can’t be true. editor please double check your sources.

    • http://batman-news.com thebear

      Rap music is not the cause of people shooting each other. It’s much more complex than someone listening to a song and then deciding to shoot someone else. I’m sure alcohol was involved no doubt and probably some insult was hurled by an idiot at someone with a mind so childish they can’t walk a way from calous disrespect and move on with their lives.Instead they chose to behave like an idiot and shoot someone.

      • tbenitz

        isnt that schoolboy q in the picture? Seems that shootings happen more often than not at a rap concert, I believe that was the pun and reality of his statement.

        • Stevez H

          Unfortunately, I bet they happen in public schools more often than rap concerts. Also did you read that this concert was put on by an anti-gang promoting group? The music is not the problem- it’s the person shooting people.

          • Been there, done with that

            I agree that individual are responsible for the shootings, not rap music or guns. On the other hand, a large part of the rap culture does glamorize violence as well as the exploitation of women. It is unfortunate. Not all rap music is this way, however. There are very good artists generating positive messages while addressing cultural norms and taboos.

  • nose

    No this is very true. I was at the concert but i left very early. Have you found out who the shooter was?

  • maurice

    Whoever think this isn’t true is retarded. I was at that show and this definitely happened.

    • Been there, done with that

      Maurice (and “nose”):

      I have found that there is a large segment of people who are willing to turn a blind eye to the real issues. There are plenty of adults who prefer to bury their heads up their arses rather than admit their good times were tainted by crime or impropriety. It would be utopia if everyone could just be honest and get along … sigh.

  • Campy

    Does no one here have any knowledge of their God given rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution? The police that were on scene especially the “SWAT” or “Tactical” teams that searched EVERY car as they left the parking lot all need to be punished severely, and the supervisors fired, for violating the civil rights of everyone. If this is allowed to go unpunished what stops them from searching without a warrant every apartment in a complex after someone gets shot in the parking lot. Wake up people, that is the worst thing that happened here.

    • Been there, done with that

      You make very good points, Campy.